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A considered look at keeping the heat in

06 March 2015


From Dr Christopher Rigg

Sir, - Everyone can agree with the cris de coeur in your letters ( 13 and 20 February) about the problems of cold churches.

A committee from the churches of Bennekom village with considerable expertise from the agricultural research centre of Wageningen looked at the problems and published a fairly technical book in 2011, Duurzame Kerkverwarming (Sustainable Heating of Churches), which was presented to the Protestant Church in the Netherlands as a general manual on environmental-friendly church heating.

The authors made use of a more popular account by W. Bordass and C. Bemrose, Heating Your Church (Church House Publishing, 1996), which they recommend.

As general advice for both rural and urban churches, windows are the part of most churches which loses the most heat, creating down-draughts and perhaps even doubling the heating bill. You don't need double glazing as a remedy: Plexiglass is much cheaper, and serves also to prevent damage by stones or other missiles to costly stained glass.

Langhoven 57, 6721 SL Bennekom
The Netherlands


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