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Building audits help determine:

  • how you are using your building,
  • how to maximize its use,
  • how to be more sustainable and energy-efficient, and
  • how to overcome the obstacles that the architecture defines.

The Regeneration Audit will help faith communities who may be under considerable financial or community pressure to restructure, amalgamate, etc. This walk-through audit acts as an outside set of eyes and viewpoint to ensure the best consensus decisions can be made moving forward for all involved. Bringing a triple-bottom-line sustainability perspective (environmental, social, financial), this audit will help participants evaluate issues such as building, operations, energy, historical concerns, community activity within and beyond the walls, and how to engage the community to strengthen the sustainability goals moving forward. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager* is used in this walk-through audit as a means to compare buildings in question.  Discounts will apply if you would like this audit to encompass more than one faith community.

By working with our team of professionals during your faith community’s time of need, we will guide you with the best unbiased information possible, to help you make the best decision for the future of your community and beyond. The Regeneration Audit can be delivered by itself or as part of a comprehensive consultation with your faith community.

To learn more about building audits, click here.

Space-sharing can be a functional solution for many congregations, whether you are sharing space with another faith community, taking in full-time tenants, booking temporary space rentals, or moving towards a more dynamic space-sharing partnership agreement. Getting the details right and knowing your options are critical to your success.

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Who are you and how does your faith community fit into the greater community? If you are not sure exactly, we have a variety of tools to help determine the answers you need.

Do you need a financial impact study? We can do that with our HALO team.

Do you want to run a workshop to see how the community needs could be met by your faith community? We can help with that.

We can also help through direct consulting and guidance, in-person and remotely, in making decisions on who to talk to, what to assess and measure, and how to manage outcomes and expectations of everyone involved.

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We have successfully run workshops in Sydney, NS and Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, and Hamilton, ON. Our team works with local interested groups, organizations, faith communities, heritage and cultural professionals, tourism, economic development, universities, social enterprises, non-profits, and other community partners to connect the right people with the right mission with the right building. We help show you the best practices and ideas across the country and in your back yard. We give you tools and skills to take back to your community and apply immediately. These full-day workshops have been incredibly successful in each region where they have been held. Ask us about running a workshop in your community.

We have delivered webinars on the topic of faith communities, heritage, and regeneration. We can run one specific to your community or provide general overviews of topics of interest.

These are the workshops and webinars that we have delivered to date:

“Regeneration Works: Places of Faith” Community Workshops

March 11, 2017 -- Exploring Sacred Space: Regenerating Places of Faith
University of Toronto Multi-faith Centre

Faith & the Common Good, National Trust for Canada Green Awakening Network, and the Multi-faith Centre of the University of Toronto collaborated to explore the challenges presented to old and new faith communities by changing demographics and the challenge of sustainably maintaining their faith buildings. The day featured in depth explorations of 5 local multi-faith regeneration case studies.

February 25, 2017 -- Regenerating Places of Faith: A workshop for south-central Ontario communities
Trinity United Church, Peterborough, ON

The City of Peterborough held a one-day workshop on Regenerating Places of Faith, in partnership with the National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good. Participants heard inspirational stories from across Canada and from the Peterborough area, and learned how to tackle key issues threatening places of faith through community engagement strategies, cost reduction techniques, innovative space sharing models, and approaches to successfully reuse a former place of faith.

October 19-22, 2016 — National Trust Conference: Heritage Rising
Hamilton Conference Centre, Hamilton, ON

Part of the National Trust’s national conference, this ½ day workshop, entitled “Building Strength: Regenerating Places of Faith,” was led by National Trust for Canada Project Leader, Robert Pajot, and Faith & the Common Good Advisor, Kendry Fry. The workshop shared inspiring examples from faith communities across the country and proven regeneration strategies and tools. The conference also featured a shorter afternoon workshop featuring regeneration examples and speakers from Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, and rural Ontario.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 — Regenerating Places of Faith: A Workshop For Ottawa’s Communities
All Saints Church, Ottawa, ON

The National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good partnered to offer this one-day workshop, sharing inspiring examples and proven regeneration strategies from across the country and from the Ottawa area. The workshop was made up of a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with sustainable regeneration of places of faith. Local faith groups, heritage and community organizations shared their experience, concerns and creative solutions to the challenges confronting places of faith. The organizers great acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

September 24, 2015 – Regenerating Places of Faith: A Workshop for Small and Rural Communities
New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, Sydney NS

This one-day workshop shared inspiring examples and proven strategies that faith groups and community organizations could apply in Cape Breton and beyond. There was time for applied problem-solving and participants traveled on a walk-through audit of a local faith building. The session was presented in collaboration with Cape Breton University and the Sydney Architectural Conservation Society. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the funding support of ACOA and the CBU Tompkins Institute.

“Regeneration Works: Places of Faith” On-line Webinars

Tues. Mar. 21, 2017 -- 10 Critical Success Factors for Regenerating Places of Faith
On-line webinar

What are the critical factors needed to successfully regenerate places of faith? In this interactive webinar, the Regeneration Works: Places of Faith team presents case studies of faith groups who have found creative ways to engage with their communities, and of projects where new uses have allowed these great spaces to continue as cornerstones in their communities. Learn how heritage conservation can play a constructive, enabling role in these transformations.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 — Re-capturing Faith Vitality: How to maximize rental space and revenue
On-line webinar

This on-line webinar featured case study examples and practical insights into space sharing challenges and opportunities for faith communities.

  1. Best Practices for marketing to and retaining long term tenants.
  2. A few things that you should know about public health, insurance and fire safety.
  3. St. Luke’s Anglican (Ottawa) case study; re-purposing of sanctuary into multi-purpose space.

Please contact us to learn how we can help you.

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