Materials & Technology

Building construction in Connecticut town moving slowly, new products help to lower costs

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:50

The Congregational Church in Somers, Connecticut, has gone through a renovation project that is taking slightly longer than expected, but the new additions to the building could end up saving the organization money and could make Sundays more comfortable for residents.  The Ellington-Somers Patch reported that the construction for the meetinghouse was temporarily delayed, as the issue of what type of heating system to install led to a number of meetings and debates regarding funding for the project, whether or not to "go green" and how much to spend on the building.According to the news outlet, the building will rely on the use of radiant heating, as the floor has been ripped up and a new system will be placed inside as part of a subfloor. The radiant heating system will consist of a series of tubing and paneling, and the heat will be distributed throughout the entire church.  Though this decision was not arrived at when the construction of the building first began, moves were made by several board members in order to ensure that radiant heating would be used throughout the facility. For large buildings like churches, radiant heating systems make much more sense to install, as these products help to distribute heat evenly and limit how much waste the technology accounts for.  This helps to lower costs, which is especially important for a church that was primarily built through funding from local residents. "Today in my mail box I received a hand written note from the Appreciation Committee of SCC.  The fact that someone would take the time from their busy schedule to write such a sincere thank you for my modest gift leaves me speechless, and frankly speaks volumes on the quality of the people in your group," one of the parishioners told the Patch.