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Biomass heating systems in churches

Awareness of the environmental impact we have on our planet is ever increasing, and individuals and organisations alike are looking for ways to reduce their negative impact. So it is no surprise that many churches are considering what they can do to be more environmentally friendly.

Many churches approach us for advice on biomass boilers every year and it can be a great way to reduce your church’s carbon footprint. However, you should carefully consider whether the project with be cost effective for your church. Biomass boilers can also increase the risk of fire, so you should take special care with the design, installation and use so the risk of fire is minimised. 

What is a biomass boiler?

A biomass boiler is a fuel burning heating system that burns non-fossil fuels, such as wood pellets, wood chip or logs, using this energy to heat water. The heated water is then distributed via a low-pressure hot water system around the building. 

What should you do if your church is interested in installing a biomass boiler?

There are potential fire and liability risks associated with biomass boilers, so if you install one, we would expect you to put controls in place to help mitigate these risks. For full information please read our biomass heating guidance notes. Your first step when considering installing a biomass boiler should be to contact our customer service team on 0345 777 3322 or email churches@ecclesiastical.com.

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