First Universalist Church, Denver, Colorado | This community put their “why” into action by honoring one of the central tenets of their faith —“respect the interdependent web of all existence” – with a large-scale renovation of their existing building. Using recycled and repurposed materials, spray-foam insulation, solar panels, and a geothermal heat system, the new worship sanctuary and event space were constructed to operate entirely on clean, renewable energy — with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Jessica Montgomerie, a staff member at First Universalist, noted that “adding the additional component of the solar and geothermal was an investment in our future.” This building project was member-driven, member-led, and member-financed, and some of the engineering and design work was provided by experts within the congregation, like solar expert John Bringenberg and engineer Milt Hetrick. First Universalist now provides a model to show other faith communities how they also can live their values with buildings that benefit all life on earth. As Rev Dylan Doyle-Burke says of the project, “our values are not just being renewable, not just being sustainable, but in reality being regenerative for the world.” Check out the video to learn more about these inspired people and their inspiring building!

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FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH | VIDEO STORY

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FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH | DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
  1. Architectural Plans | FLOOR PLANS
  2. Project Specifications | HVAC | LIGHTING | SOLAR WINDOWS | R-VALUES
  3. Construction Cost | DOWNLOAD FILE


FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH BOOK | From the Ground-Up
“From the Ground Up” is the story about a grassroots initiative that was started by a small group of concerned church members at the First Universalist Church, Denver. The goal was to transform the church facility into a sustainable renewable energy system with zero greenhouse gas emissions.  The “GreenNotes Version” is an abbreviated summary of the project. The “Full Version”  explains in detail. Purchase the books on Amazon. GreenNotes Version | 63 pages    Full Version | 254 pages