In Ephesians 2:21, Christians are taught, "In whom the whole structure, joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord." What does this temple look like, and how does it represent the way in which followers of Jesus practice their faith? Every Sunday, Christians around the world gather in their respective houses of worships to glorify the word of God, derived from scriptures that repeatedly teaches its followers to care for His creation (Genesis 2:15). Do our houses of worship follow this mandate from God?
Churches across America are beginning to realize that their temples can and should represent this very important decree by outfitting them with sustainable features such as solar panels or planting gardens that give forth a sustainable harvest.
Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, a 50-year-old Davis, California church has taken this charge seriously. With necessary renovations under way, the congregation decided to include energy-efficient improvements, including new double-paned windows, extra insulation, low-flow toilets, a 'cool roof,' energy-efficient lighting, updated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system qualified for a significant PG&E incentive payment plan.
JoAnn B. Anderson | The Davis Enterprise
Inspired to care for God’s creation, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis received a Cool Climate Award for Energy Efficiency from California Interfaith Power & Light on Nov. 10. The award was presented by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, the organization’s president and founder, at a ceremony at The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, at 1701 Russell Blvd. in West Davis, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a complete energy makeover. Early this year, a major renovation and expansion of the church narthex, social hall, Sunday school, meeting rooms, kitchen and bathrooms was completed. The renovation included replacing the sanctuary roof and installing drought-tolerant landscaping.
Paul Kolarik, who chairs the Renovation Committee, explained that a green architect designed the renovation, which incorporates a full complement of energy-efficient improvements, including new double-paned windows, extra insulation, low-flow toilets, California native landscaping and Energy Star kitchen appliances. The measures taken went well beyond building code requirements for energy efficiency, Kolarik said.
A cool roof was installed over the renovated building and the sanctuary for a 7- to 15-percent energy savings. Energy-efficient lighting and a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system qualified for a significant PG&E incentive payment as well as a big increase in energy efficiency, he added.
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