Benedictine Sisters keep monastery ecofriendly

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Friday 17, December 2010 | Category:   Consecrated Life

When the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri decided to do a makeover of their monastic facilities, they resolved that the demolition, construction, and finished product would be as ecofriendly as possible.

THE GEOTHERMAL heating and cooling system
requires the digging of 132 wells to be connected
into in-ground loops.
To that end, waste materials which the project produces are being recycled in the new construction or donated to the surrounding community. A geothermal heating and cooling system will reduce energy costs and dependence on fossil fuels.The new mechanism will cool the entire building efficiently--for the first time in the many years the monastery has sat through hot and humid Missouri summers.

Levelled floor variances and more accessible entryways will make the building easier for the sisters and their guests to navigate.

In gutting certain parts of the monastery, workers have also uncovered layers of past artwork and paint, The removal of the drop ceiling in the community room revealed not only the top of an arched mural but also original tin ceiling tiles and a crown molding.

You can follow the project's progress on the sisters' Sacred Stones, Sacred Stories blog.

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