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.

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, as well as pollution. The heating systems are old and the equipment is in very poor condition.

BlocPower’s engineering design replaces the current heating oil burning systems with a hyper-efficient 7 zone hydronic system using two gas fired modulating boilers. “Smart pumps” will use software and sensors to efficiently monitor the water circulation in the system.

The "smart" hydronic boiler will provide heat to a targeted zones of the building on demand.

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 Pumps
  • Baseboard Radiators
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Smart Controls

Who is installing?

KCM Plumbing and Heating Corp, a local Staten Island-based contractor, will 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!
  • Winter 2017 Installation of new components

Why Invest?

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

Health Impact: The sustainability project aims at preserving the health and well-being of all persons who use the facility.

Financial Impact: This project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us $5,000 each year.

Environmental Impact: 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. Our historic buildings will be upgraded to help us face the issues of the 21st century and serve as a beacon of light for the next generation. Our church serves as a shelter for 15 homeless men 365 days a year.

Social

Social Impact

Preserving an historic church with a strong commitment to community service is important for the north shore of Staten Island. Our historic buildings will be upgraded to help us face the issues of the 21st century and serve as a beacon of light for the next generation. Our church serves as a shelter for 15 homeless men 365 days a year.

Health

Health Impact

The sustainability project aims at preserving the health and well-being of all persons who use the facility.

Environmental

Environmental Impact

This project will reduce our annual carbon dioxide emissions by 41,600 pounds.

Financial

Financial Impact

This project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us $5,000 each year.

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