Pipe Organ Advice

Memo from a local pipe organ builder

While working with a church in South Philadelphia, we learned about a September 15, 2006 memo from the Mudler-Hunter Company, Pipe Organ Builders, 2638 W. Gordon Street, Philadelphia 19132, (215) 229-5470.  We thought you might like to read it too:

“To prolong the life of the pipe organ, keep the heat as LOW as possible when the building is not in use. This not only adds years to the leather and other material in the instrument, but also saves on the fuel bill.

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Charging for Rented Space

A compendium of information
January 2001,The Interfaith Coalition on Energy

How to Determine Energy Costs for Rented Space

Frequently, ICE receives requests from churches who are interested in renting space to groups, but they are confused about what to charge to cover energy costs.

If you go through the following steps, you will arrive at a rough estimate of the energy cost involved in renting space in your facility. Please bear in the result from following these steps is an estimate of energy cost. lf you can actually measure the consumption for use of the various parts of your facility, those measurements would likely be more accurate than an estimate.

We think that it is best to estimate energy costs for rented space in two ways.

The first way involves estimates of energy costs for the occasional user. For your protection, it is best to anticipate that these users will want to rent space during the coldest hour in the winter or hottest hour in the summer.

The second way involves estimates of energy costs for the regular user, such as a day-care center or Alcoholics Anonymous, that will occupy your facility regularly, every week over a longer period of time.

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Religious Buildings Special Report

Windows in Religious Buildings:
Higher Standards Needed for Protective Glazing

Installation of protective glazing is very popular on religious buildings for storm protection and security. However, a recent study shows that improperly designed secondary glazing cab cause more problems than it cures.

Neal Vogel, Inspired Partnerships, Chicago Ill. stated "The vast majority of U.S. Churches have protective glazing (PG) today, yet a recent study proves that it causes serious damage to stained-glass windows nationwide by increasing condensation and heat build-up in the airspace, and preventing routine maintenance.

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