Thinking about heating?

Published on: 14 December 2021

Before you go any further with a heating project, you should carefully review your current situation.

You can download and use the very useful Church Buildings Council heating checklist to record your information, and then discuss the results with your PCC. The checklist covers:

  • People: what do users need, now and in the future? What causes discomfort?
  • System: what do we have now and what needs changing? How long will it last?
  • Building fabric: where is the heat loss and can we reduce it?
  • Performance: how well do the people, systems, and building interact?
  • Listing and interiors: what fragile or precious objects/ materials do we have and what needs special care?
  • Energy use: what is our current energy use, utility cost, and carbon footprint?
  • Money: what budget do we have for up-front capital, for maintenance over time, for running costs every year, and for future replacement?
  • Constraints: what connection do we have to utilities? What space constraints are there?
  • Advice: who can we ask or commission for advice?
  • Consultation: who do we need to involve and when?

When using the checklist, only answer those questions which are relevant to you. If you don’t know the answer to something, keep going and complete the parts you can, then revisit the more difficult parts.

When you commission advice, from a heating advisor or the DAC, show them your completed heating checklist, so they quickly understand your situation, and can give you tailored advice. The full heating checklist can be found online here:

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