The Leeds DAC is committed to encouraging best practice in every matter relating to church buildings. Increasingly, this includes environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, reflecting the Leeds Diocesan Environmental Policy and the General Synod commitment to reaching zero carbon by 2030.
In early 2020, the DAC adopted the following guiding principles, which it will apply in forming its advice on all faculty applications. These principles aim to encourage PCCs to think about how they might apply best practice in works to church buildings and churchyards, whilst recognising that all measures will not be suitable or affordable for all parishes.
Please click here to download the guiding principles.
These guiding principles are a first step towards a formal environmental policy for the DAC. The future policy document will incorporate guidance to help PCCs in responding to future formal policies, and to help them better understand environmental sustainability and how this applies to buildings more generally.
In the meantime, the DAC will be happy to advise individual PCCs about these matters. In addition, links to some existing guidance can be found below:
- Leeds Diocese enviromental guidance and advice on works in churches
- Leeds Diocese enviromental guidance and advice on works in churchyards
Powering God's Northern Powerhouse Conference
This conference on sustainable heating and lighting in churches took place at Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday 1st December 2018. Please click on the titles below to download the resources from the speakers at the conference:
- Why is this a gospel issue? - Bishop Paul, Bishop of Kirkstall and Jemima Parker, Leeds Diocesan Environment Officer
- How do I work with my building to achieve energy efficiencies? (powerpoint slides and transcript of talk) - Lisa McIntyre, Leeds DAC Secretary
- How do I light my church to support worship and community use? - Bruce Kirk, Director of Light Perceptions
- How do I heat my church to provide a warm welcome? (powerpoint slides and transcript of talk) - Robyn Pender, Senior Architectural Conservator, Historic England
- Birkin case study (Ground Source Heat Pumps)
- Bowling case study (Biomass heating)
- Allerton Bywater case study (Air Source Heat Pumps)
- Bolton Priory case study (Lighting)
- Managing church finances - John Knox, Director of Parish Resourcing for the Leeds Diocese
- Financing heating and lighting projects - Sue Booth, Buildings for Mission Officer for the Leeds Diocese