The congregation at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries decided that carbon reduction was an important priority. McMinnville-based Cellar Ridge Construction proposed air and duct sealing, wall and ceiling insulation, an upgrade to the heating system, and installation of solar power. For insulating the stained-glass windows, Cellar Ridge recommended Indow window inserts instead of traditional church storm windows.
“I had read about Indow in the newspaper just a week before being presented the weatherization plan. It seemed like a great way to insulate the stained glass windows in our sanctuary while preserving their beauty,” said Pastor Pederson, a leader of the McMinnville congregation.
The church restoration was extensive, “We were blasted with sound on all sides of the sanctuary with trucks, sirens, and general activity. It was a perfect storm of noise,” said Pederson. “As each insert was installed, we could hear a slight noise reduction. Once one side of the building was installed, the difference was remarkable!”
The comfort difference? “68 degrees is so much warmer than it used to be. The temperature is the same but the room is much cozier because the cold surface of the stained glass windows no longer sucks the heat out of our bodies,” Pederson said. “When I remove an Indow window insert to show a congregant how they work, we can feel the cold air rushing in.”
And it’s quieter too, “We used to hear sirens and traffic going down 2nd Avenue but now we enjoy silence.”
The weatherization program has helped McMinnville Cooperative Ministries reduce its carbon footprint by 80% plus their sanctuary now shelters from the cold and noise. They chose Indow window inserts instead of traditional church storm windows and gained an easy installation, superior insulation and remarkable window noise reduction.
Read our blog post for more information about this church renovation.
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