Unitarian Church of Staten Island

312 Fllmore Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

The Unitarian Church of Staten Island (UCSI), located in New Brighton, Staten Island, is an inviting spiritual community that is over 150 years old, with services being held in its present building since 1895. The Church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

The mission of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island is to enrich the community and help make the world a better place. Since its founding by abolitionists almost a hundred and fifty years ago, our church has had a proud and liberal heritage. Our leaders and members have included civil rights activists, champions of women's suffrage and women's liberation; antiwar and antinuclear activists. In 2005, our membership voted unanimously to become a Welcoming Congregation, opening our hearts to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities.

The UCSI community has taken efforts to maintain and preserve the historical architecture of the church and is concerned with keeping program participants and congregants warm and comfortable during winter. This project would help them to increase warmth and comfort while lowering energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, while maintaining the historic aesthetics of the facility.

About this project

The Unitarian Church of Staten Island is used for religious services, meetings and community events.

The building has a steam heating system and a hydronic heating system. The heating systems use fuel oil #2, which leads to high energy costs for such a large space. The heating systems are old and the equipment is in poor condition.

BlocPower’s new design proposes an oil to gas fuel conversion, and replacement of the current heating systems with a new 7 zone hydronic system deploying two gas fired modulating boilers. Gas is much cheaper than oil. An hydronic system is safer and much more efficient than a steam heating system. The two modulating boilers will run individually or together depending on the heating needs of the church. The system will also include “smart pumps”, which use software and sensors to efficiently monitor the water circulation in the system.

Cast iron steam radiators will be replaced by hydronic baseboard radiators.

The church will install a small on-demand hydronic boiler to provide heat to a small section of the building to make the entire system more efficient, and will be split into different zones to provide heat on demand. New controls will help monitor the system and maintain the required comfort level. Existing lights will be replaced by efficient lighting to reduce electricity costs.

The BlocPower team has designed the new heating system based on a long iterative process of careful calculations using a physics-based thermodynamic algorithm.

What we’re installing

  • Two Gas-fired Condensing Hydronic Boilers
  • Smart Circulating Pumps
  • Baseboard Radiators
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Smart Controls

Who is installing?

KCM Plumbing and Heating Corp, a local Staten Island-based contractor, has been selected by the Church to furnish and install the new system. Learn more about how this company works to strengthen the Staten Island Community on their website: http://www.kcmplumbing.com/about/.

Project timeline

  • CompletedNew gas service has already been installed by National Grid, which will facilitate a rapid cut over to the new system. This work was done while final system specifications were being prepared so that there would be fewer delays when the system plans were approved.
  • Winter 2017KCM will use the existing boiler room for the new system while upgrading the environment to accommodate the requirements of the new components. Pipes will be run and the upgrade will take place during the colder winter months without disruption of existing heating service.
  • Pending Financing and Favorable Weather ForecastsInstallation of the new components can begin at any time now. All drawings are complete, the system is fully specified and building permits have been issued by NYC. Timing of this phase is being tied to securing financing and favorable weather forecasts. It is estimated that with proper coordination, the new system can be installed in about one week.

Why Invest?

Your loan or donation will help improve our church in many ways, including:

Health Impact: Among its programs, the church serves as a site for sheltering up to 15 homeless men 365 days a year. This project aims at improving the comfort level of those occupants and preserving good health and well-being of all persons who use the facility.

Financial Impact: Oil to Gas fuel conversion, along with other system upgrades and controls will significantly reduce heating costs. In addition, the lighting replacement will cut electricity expenses. As a budgetary matter, keeping the environmental costs under control is important for long term financial stability. In total, this project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us $5,000 each year.

Environmental Impact: Oil to gas fuel conversion will have a great impact on CO2 emissions. The other system upgrades and lighting replacements that are being made will further contribute to the greening of the church. In total this project will reduce our annual carbon dioxide emissions by 41,600 pounds.

Social Impact: Preserving an historic church with a strong commitment to community service is important for the north shore of Staten Island. Social commitment to the issues of the 21st century and serving as a beacon of light for the next generation will be made possible by providing a continuing presence in this historical building.

Social

Social Impact

Preserving an historic church with a strong commitment to community service is important for the north shore of Staten Island. Social commitment to the issues of the 21st century and serving as a beacon of light for the next generation will be made possible by providing a continuing presence in this historical building.

Health

Health Impact

Among its programs, the church serves as a site for sheltering up to 15 homeless men 365 days a year. This project aims at improving the comfort level of those occupants and preserving good health and well-being of all persons who use the facility.

Environmental

Environmental Impact

Oil to gas fuel conversion will have a great impact on CO2 emissions. The other system upgrades and lighting replacements that are being made will further contribute to the greening of the church. In total this project will reduce our annual carbon dioxide emissions by 41,600 pounds.

Financial

Financial Impact

Oil to Gas fuel conversion, along with other system upgrades and controls will significantly reduce heating costs. In addition, the lighting replacement will cut electricity expenses. As a budgetary matter, keeping the environmental costs under control is important for long term financial stability. In total, this project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us $5,000 each year.

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