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Landmark 'eco-church' opens in Bradford

The new building at the Methodist Church in Baildon is believed to be the first of its kind in Britain to be built to standards that reduce its ecological footprint and produce 'ultra-low energy emissions.'

Enhanced insulation, electricity-generating panels and triple-glazing have all been incorporated into the build in order to comply with government targets to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

Rev Kerry Tankard, chair of the Yorkshire West Methodist District, referred to the building's low carbon footprint, saying it "sits lightly on the earth" at its dedication ceremony on 3rd November.

The church has raised over £800,000 in the last 10 years to cover the cost of the building.

The upper level of the two storey building named 'The Fold' will facilitate a range of local community groups, while the lower floor will serve as a space for Baildon's 40-year-old preschool.

John Anderson, trustee of Baildon Methodist Church, said: "Both Parliament and Bradford Council have declared a climate emergency. Baildon Methodist Church is not just wringing its hands over this, not just talking about it: it has acted.

"The design of the Fold challenges those constructing new buildings to reach the same standards so that we may meet the government's targets of net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050."

Two hundred people attended the opening service, including the local MP Philip Davies, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the chair of Bradford Council and Councillor Joe Ashton, the chair of Baildon Town Council.

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