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breathing new life into a village church

breathing new life into a village church

In 2013, the Sint-Niklaas church in Belgium's West Flanders region was razed to the ground by fire. But after a major restoration project including a state-of-the-art underfloor heating system by Aalberts hydronic flow control, the church has reopened to support the local community.

multi-purpose environment
When planning the layout of the renovated church, it was decided that the building would be split into two distinct sections: one area dedicated to worship and a second area used as a multifunctional hall for performances and community gatherings. To ensure visitors would be kept warm throughout the building, Aalberts hydronic flow control designed an underfloor heating system.

“It’s not easy to heat a building with ceilings the height of a church, and because the building is protected there are strict restrictions on the engineering work that can be done,” explains Frédéric Boels, marketing manager Benelux at Comap. “We decided to use underfloor heating for a number of key reasons. The first is that the heat is released by radiation, which creates a very pleasant temperature to a height of about two meters, which is ideal in such a building. Second, the system is silent, which is important in an area where people worship and there are performances taking place. And third, because it is basically a low-temperature heating system, it is energy efficient. We also built the system around the BioPex pipe, which is made up of five layers to prevent oxygen from dissolving into the water. This increases the system’s lifespan.”

end-to-end partner
Aalberts hydronic flow control carried out the hydraulic study, selected the materials, drew up the transfer plan and worked with the installer to select the correct materials. They also drew up the transfer plan and supplied the underfloor heating pipes, boiler connections and control valves. Acting as an end-to-end partner enables customers to have complete peace of mind.

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