Green Building

Canadian church receives energy efficient installations

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 10:02

The new St. Isidore Roman Catholic Chuch in Kanata, Ontario, was recently completed, following a construction phase that lasted for more than seven years. The structure has been outfitted with several energy efficient technologies in an effort to limit the electricity costs for the building, according to EMC News.

The news source reported that the $5.5 million construction project was completed after the installation of a radiant heating system, energy efficient lighting and several accommodations for handicapped individuals and senior citizens.

According to EMC News, the project represented the efforts of the congregation members and construction workers, as a majority of the community took part in the opening ceremony for the structure. The efficient nature of the technology that was installed was highlighted by officials from the church, as they noted the building would stand as a model for other parishes around the country, due to its design.

"This is such a wonderful thing to be a part of," Pastor Rev. Virgil Amirthakumar told the news source. "It is a truly magnificent building and it will serve the congregation for many years to come."

The pastor also noted that the heating system will help to provide visitors with a comfortable feeling, especially during the winter months.

A radiant heating system works well in large buildings, as the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is minimized by the use of the efficient technology. The radiant system provides a more comfortable feeling for individuals due to this even displacement, when compared to more conventional systems.

This type of heater also helps to limit the presence of allergens and toxins, as the technology doesn't require the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents.