The project is a response to their understanding of God’s call to protect people and the planet. “We have been given the chance to craft a new witness for Jesus Christ,” said Pastor Michael Love. “We recognize that even our home structure, the physical plant of the church, will quickly convey our core values to the community.”
With solar thermal and ground source heating and photo-voltaic solar energy collectors, the church will run on completely renewable energy sources, consuming zero fossil fuels. Strategically placed windows will maximize day-lighting to reduce electricity demand. With the combination of renewable energy sources and efficiency strategies, planners anticipate net-zero electric costs over the course of an annual metering period. A living water roof will insulate the building while reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. Low flow fixtures combined with waterless urinals will limit water consumption, while a rainwater cistern and storm water absorption will improve storm water management.
Church members are eager to share the social, economic and environmental values expressed through their green building. They intend to educate and share their building experience with other congregations. Progress updates will be posted on the church’s website.