We’ve all sat down in a building and received that most unwelcome of intrusions, a draft down the back of the neck.  Sometimes we are able to get up and move, or move about, at other times, it is not convenient and you have to sit and suffer.  It is very discouraging, especially if it is a building you may wish to revisit on a regular basis.  We would all be inclined to find a less drafty building.  So trying to prevent those drafts would be not only energy efficient, but would be more encouraging for people to come back into the building

Why is it green?

Simply because you will need less energy to heat your building

What’s involved?

Look to see where the draft is flowing.  Next time you are out for a walk look out for a nice fluffy feather shed by a fledgling bird, they are perfect for this job!  Plug the gaps along the sides of windows with self adhesive foam strips and fit brush strips to the bottom of doors.  If you have a letterbox, then fit a flap and don’t neglect keyholes, it is surprising how much draft can blow through a keyhole.  Further conservation can be achieved by drawing curtains and pulling down blinds at dusk.

Can you DIY?

Yes, this is definitely one that can be undertaken by a competent DIY person.

How much does it cost?

A strip of draft proofing tape will cost about £5, door strips have to be more robust, but still a brush draft excluder will cost less than £20.

Does it save money?

The savings won’t be great, but a manse sized property would save about £30 a year for these simple additions

Can it be done in a church?

It can.  It is an easy way to try and prevent the heat escaping and drafts affecting people sitting in the building, especially when they feel that can’t move out of the draft

Other Thoughts?

Although the use of the tape may seem very simple, bear in mind that many of the windows can be quite high, especially in a church, and working at height is a health and safety problem.  There should always be two people present if you are off the ground and any ladders should be checked before use to ensure that they are safe and can be used for the task.