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The Little Steel Church in the Vale

7 Reasons So Many Small Churches Choose to Build with Steel Large or small, many religious congregations choose to build a steel church. However, pre-engineered metal buildings offer several advantages smaller churches especially appreciate. Small Churches in America According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 350,000 religious congregations meet regularly in the U.S. Although mega-churches (defined as having over 3,000 members) capture the lion’s share of media attention, clearly small churches represent the backbone of worshiping in America today.… Read More

In Building Green with Steel, Churches

Building Green Churches with Steel

Stretching Natural Resources— and Church Resources— with Steel Building green churches means choosing construction materials with the smallest environmental impact. Steel building is the environmental champion of green building methods. “Steel as the primary structural building material, with its inherent recyclable nature and its efficiency of assembly, is the logical and responsible choice for Green Building,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) sponsors a voluntary program certifying green building projects. Using… Read More

In Building Green with Steel, Churches

Why Churches are Building Green

Sustainability and Stewardship in Today’s Religious Building Projects Today, many churches are building green, environmentally-friendly worship centers and auxiliary buildings. Churches are building green structures for the same reasons commercial and industrial builders— it simply makes sense. Choosing building products with the smallest possible environmental impact is the primary goal of all green building, including religious facilities. 3 Reasons Churches are Going Green Three main influences usually fan the flock’s interest in creating sustainable structures. 1. ENVIRONMENTAL-CONSCIOUS CONGREGATIONS: Many parishioners… Read More

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10 Landscaping Tips for Green Churches

How to Make Church Landscaping More Eco-Friendly Energy efficiency extends beyond the front door in green churches. Strategic church landscape design reduces energy consumption and saves water. Green Churches Sow Seeds that Reap Rewards Beautiful landscaping makes a church seem more inviting. When properly planned, church landscape design also helps cut energy bills for eco-friendly green churches. Here are some tips for making the most of the green spaces around your worship center: 1. USE NATIVE PLANTS. The trees, shrubberies,… Read More

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15 Tips for a More Energy Efficient Church

Simple Ways to Cut Energy Expenses at Your Worship Facility An energy efficient church stretches funds. Lower utility bills mean more money in the budget for doing what really matters: helping others. There are several ways for worship facilities to reduce energy waste. Some of these ideas cost very little. Other cost-saving techniques require an initial investment— but reap great money-saving rewards. Start small. Add more expensive energy-saving methods as time— and the church budget— permit. Begin with an energy… Read More

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Managing Church Energy Costs

An Energy Audit: The First Step in Reducing Energy Waste in Your Church Being excellent stewards of church funds includes wisely managing church energy costs. Buildings— including religious facilities— account for 73% of all electricity used in the U.S. Experts believe buildings squander 30% to 50% of the energy consumed. Frankly, such waste is sinful. The Bible admonishes believers to “be diligent to know the state your flocks.” You cannot successfully manage your church energy costs until you know current… Read More

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Small Churches Reign in America

The Majority of Churchgoers Still Attend Small Local Churches While new stories about swelling megachurches dominate the headlines, small churches actually dominate church attendance. Without fanfare or recognition, local community churches quietly and continually serve their congregations and communities. The press seems fascinated by the huge numbers garnered by metropolitan megachurches. People are left with the impression that megachurches— those with 2,000 or more members— represent a shift in church attendance. Not so. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research estimates… Read More

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#1 Reason Churches Choose Steel Buildings

Steel Church Buildings: Economical to Build, Economical to Operate Why do so many churches choose steel buildings for their new construction projects? Pre-engineered steel buildings provide many advantages to religious facilities. Steel framing offers clear span interiors, soaring ceiling heights, sturdy construction, versatility of design, and ease of future expansion. However, the number one reason churches so often decide to build with steel is ACCOUNTABILITY. Church building committees must make the most of their contributions. Stewardship demands using church funds wisely. No… Read More

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A Sturdy Church Building That Is Cost-Efficient

Choosing the right framing style is important for a church building. Consider the relationship between the cost and performance when choosing a new steel framing system. Some structures can use steel framing while using traditional wood framing for other church buildings might be a better choice. Seven Framing Styles Explained It is always wise to consult with a professional before making a framing style decision. They will help you figure out the best framing style and materials for your project.… Read More

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Amazing Steel for Church Buildings, Part 2

Using Pre-engineered Metal Buildings for Church Structures Pre-engineered steel buildings are versatile, flexible, attractive— and surprisingly affordable. Many American congregations now rely on strong, durable, steel for church buildings, including worship, classroom, administrative, and recreational structures. General Guidelines for Estimating Church Building Size As congregations grow, church building committees must stay ahead of the curve by building today, while planning for the future. According to Reed Construction Data, the average church building in America today is a one-story structure about… Read More

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