A ground source heat pump is to help keep parishioners warm at a Scottish church.
The Church of Scotland has unveiled its first environmentally-friendly place of worship in a Perthshire village which lost its church almost five years ago in a fire.
Its replacement, a £1.8 million premises which includes a day care centre, health clinic, conference facilities and café, has opened and will showcase green innovations.
The church features two wind turbines for microgeneration as well as the ground source heat pump.
A ground source heat pump is a network of liquid filled pipes which are buried underground and are connected to a system of tubes through ought the building. Once the liquid has picked up heat from the ground it is pumped through the building, often through underfloor systems to warm the spaces.
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