National Maintenance Week is taking place this month, just as winter weather threatens its worst. This year, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is holding a free online events exploring the importance of regular care at places of worship of all dates and types. It will highlight the vital role played by volunteers in looking after these complex buildings at the heart of our communities.
Maintenance for Faith Buildings – 20 – 27 November 2020
Free, prerecorded Online Lecture
In this session, you will consider the importance of regular care at places of worship of all dates and types, as well as the vital role played by volunteers in looking after these complex buildings at the heart of our communities.
The event ends with National Gutters Day (Friday 27 November), a light-hearted reminder to look out for cracks, breakages, blockages and to take action.
The SPAB have produced a range of excellent materials to help you take care of your church buildings:
- Watch their video guides
- Review their Maintenance Checklist for Places of Worship
- Check out their Maintenance Calendar
In 2019, Historic England undertook some research that demonstrates the economic benefits of keeping church buildings in good repair. It found that keeping roofs, gutters and downpipes in good order was key. It also suggests that dealing with problems when they are first identified results in a saving of around 15-20 percent, when compared to the cost of resolving a problem at a later stage. You can find out more here.
Keeping church buildings in good repair improves their energy efficiency too. It is an important starting point for addressing the General Synods target for Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030
If you have any queries regarding the routine maintenance or repair of your place of worship, your Church Buildings Adviser, Emma Brown is here to help. Email Emma or 01749 685 271.
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