Eco church breaks new ground on renewable energy

By staff writers
August 21, 2008

A service of dedication took place last night at a church in Scotland for its new eco building which aims to show the way ahead on renewable energy.

The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend David Lunan, led a special service at Bridge of Allan Church.

A union of two churches in Bridge of Allan took place just over four years ago and, following that, the new united congregation made a commitment to build extra hall accommodation for local Church groups and the wider community. The building project has now been completed.

The Church hall’s new-build extension, the Chalmers suite, features a heating system that is quite literally ‘groundbreaking’. The innovative renewable technology makes use of a ground source heat pump, developed in Sweden, in conjunction with under floor heating. There are four boreholes, each going 100 metres down in to the ground. This pump will also be connected to new radiators in the existing Church hall premises.

In a further boost to the green credentials of the project, the hot water supply in the Church hall will now be provided through solar panels.

The Right Reverend David Lunan, said: "The Church of Scotland works in support of over 180 eco-congregations throughout Scotland. These are churches which are committed to tackling climate change through actions in their local communities. The Bridge of Allan project is an excellent example of that commitment in action, and is ‘ground-breaking’ in every sense of the phrase.

“The Church is ready and willing to work with the Scottish Government through the eco-congregations programme to help the country meet its target of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.”

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