Church undergoes green conversion

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 15:17

The St. Michael the Archangel Church in Mystic, Connecticut, is undergoing a conversion of the green sort. Mystic River Press reports that the parishioners of the church are currently undergoing the process of designing a new church following an examination that found the current building was structurally unsound.
With the option to rebuild now on the table, the congregation is now thinking about the new ways it can promote its community message through design. 
"We're beginning to see now the first images of the future," said the Rev. Dennis Perkins, the pastor at St. Michael, according to the news source. 
The congregation was surveyed to determine what features the people wished to include in the next evolution of the parish. According to the news source, many of the people asked for the building to be less drafty, more comfortable and more sustainable to reduce operational expenses.
The inclusion of radiant floor heating would allow for all of these things to happen. A radiant floor heating system allows the entire structure to receive the same amount of warmth - instead of creating pockets of warm and cool air.  Because heat starts from the ground and works its way up - the warmth is concentrate to areas that are actually being used - instead of staying at the top of the ceiling, where heat naturally rises. 
In addition, heat radiating from the floor will allow those who wish to kneel at different parts of the service to remain more comfortable. The warmth will reduce the chance of knees and joints feeling pained or achy while in the church. The eco-friendly technology not only promotes warmth and comfort, but will also allow the congregation to reduce operational expenses associated with heating the building.