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The diocese is helping churches access expert energy efficiency advice tailored to their building, aiming to help PCCs to save money and run buildings more sustainably. Helping to creating buildings that are warmer, more welcoming AND cost less money to run.

St. Peters ChurchAn energy audit will look at a range of energy uses in the church building(s), from lighting to heating, and recommend the energy and carbon reduction measures available. These will include simple changes that will cost nothing, as well as options for renewable technologies, better controls and setting adjustments, as well as building management and behaviour practices. It could be helping you get rid of draughts or replacing a whole heating system.

 

Getting a Church Energy Audit Scheme carried out

Enery audits do not necessarily have to be carried out by a professional – there may be people in your congregation who have some knowledge and could do it. The Diocese of Oxford booklet For Creed and Creation has lots of tips – and module 1 of the Eco-Congregation Award provides lots of helpful resources.

However, an audit carried out by professionals with experience of historic places of worship can be a great help, both in terms of knowing what is possible and giving you a professional report that will invaluable for fundraising.

The Eco Professionals Directory includes many individuals and companies that can provide audits.

Building on our grant scheme with TOE2 and Sustain (see below) the diocese is helping churches access audits at a reduced cost by grouping those that are interested in paying for them locally. If we can co-ordinate churches wanting audits, grouping churches geographically, we can get an energy audit carried out by Sustain for £660 per church. Examples of such audit reports can be seen below.

If you would like to express an interest in this and can pay for the audit locally please complete the following application form and return it to us:

For more information contact Matt Freer, the Diocesan Environment Officer.

 

Church Energy Audit Grant Scheme with TOE2

In Oxfordshire the diocese has been working with the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) and Sustain to provide grants to churches in Oxfordshire towards the cost of an energy audit (details). However, all grants for this scheme have now been allocated. Whilst we are working to develop the grant scheme further it will be some time before any further grants are available. With this in mind we are encouraging churches to explore paying for an audit locally themselves (see above).

Below are the energy audit reports that have so far been produced as part of this scheme.

 

Church Energy Audit Reports

These have been produced by the Church Energy Audit Grant Scheme run by the Diocese of Oxford and TOE2 with Sustain as the auditor.

St Clement’s Church, Oxford – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1828

St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1872

St Mary’s Church Headington, Oxford – not listed, built in 1956

St Stephen’s, Clanfield – Grade II listed church building, dating back to 1209

St Mary’s, Upper Heyford – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1208

St Margaret of England, Little Faringdon  – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1872

St Britius, Brize Norton  – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to the 12th century

St Peter’s, Marsh Baldon  – Grade II listed church building, dating back to the 14th century

St Peter’s, Stoke Lyne  – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to the 12th century

St Mary’s, North Leigh  – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 11th century

St Mary’s Adderbury  – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 13th century

St Mary’s, Charlbury – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 14th century

St Michael’s, Cumnor – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 11th century

St Leonard’s, Eynsham – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to the 13th century

St Andrew’s, Cumnor – Not listed, church built in 1961

St Mary’s, Witney – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 11th century

St Mary and St John, Cowely – Grade II listed church building, dating back to 1883

St Mary the Virgin Great Milton – Grade I listed church building, dating back to the 11th century

St Mary and St Nicholas, Littlemore, Oxford – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1836

St Mary and St Berin Berinsfield – Not listed, church built in 1960’s

St James, Little Milton – Grade II listed church building, dating back to 1844

St Matthew’s, Harwell – Grade II* listed church building, dating back to 1425

St John the Evangelist, Stoke Row – Grade II listed church building, dating back to 1848

St Lawrence, Warborough – Grade II* listed church building, dates back to early 13th century

 

 

Resources from elsewhere

Oxford City Council:

  • Heritage Energy Efficiency Tool (HEET) – Oxford City Council, Low Carbon Oxford, Oxford Preservation Trust and Building Research Establishment (BRE) have developed the Oxford’s Heritage and Energy Efficiency Tool and have produced some local case studies.

Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust:

  • Churches for Communities by Becky Payne – This book subtitled Adapting Oxfordshire’s Churches for Wider Use includes innovative projects to help reorder historic church buildings in the Oxford Diocese – and includes many projects that included improving energy efficiency, and some that used renewable technologies.

Herefordshire Diocese:

Church Care:

  • Guidance Note – Choosing the right heating system