Whether you're looking at solar panels or building facades, the wave of the future is OPTIONS.
Aesthetics and sustainability. The two concepts are no longer mutually exclusive, whether you’re talking about sustainable cement fiber exterior walls that last 50+ years and can be designed to match any manufacturer's paint samples, or solar panels that become part of a church’s roof or otherwise integrate into a facility’s overall design.
“From a design perspective, a place of worship is typically designed to have an uplifting look and feel,” says Tarzana, Calif.-based California Green Designs’ Dan Burtt, sales manager. He urges designers and churches to find a solar design company that will take into account aesthetics when mounting solar panels.
Other options for solar include panels by Dow Corning that actually take the place of roofing shingles, integrating directly into the roofline of a worship facility.
“Energy efficiency continues to be a topic of pursuit in the industry,” says Decra's Meredith England, MS, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, marketing specialist for architectural in Corona, Calif. “There are studies being done on the reflectivity, the use of special underlayments to help produce renewable energy within the facility, and the move by manufacturers to make products more attractive when used with solar panels.”
It’s all about choices
Whether you're looking at solar panels or building facades, the wave of the future is options. “The hot trigger is options,” confirms Nichiha's Melba Garris, marketing coordinator in Norcross, Ga. She cites the company's new Illumination Series, which is compatible with the Color Expressions line, as one of the most popular building materials for houses of worship, with more developments on the horizon. “If you have a concept in mind, we can match the look of brick, stone, shakes or siding, and we can match standard colors from any paint manufacturer.”
Image courtesy of Nichiha USA Inc., www.nichiha.com.
Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer who covers church building and technology for WFD’s sister publications, Worship Facilities and Church Production magazines. Find out more at www.allcotmedia.com.
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