St Ambrose Church, Brunswick

What have they done?

St Ambrose Church was built in 1873, more than a decade before Brunswick was proclaimed as a town.

Over the past few years, St Ambrose’s community have been taking steps to reduce their energy and water use,  and have become leaders in taking action on climate change.

The following actions have been completed at the site since 2009:

  • Insulation of Bethany House with R3.5 batts
  • Replacing 13 inefficient heaters with 5-star gas central heating at the Parish House
  • Replacing outdoor 150W flood lights with 70W energy saving lights
  • Upgrading to a 5-star gas central heating unit at Bethany House
  • Replacing the electric hot water unit in Bethany House with a hybrid solar water heater
  • Installation of a greywater and rainwater system on the Parish House


Environmental considerations have been key during recent renovations of St Ambrose Community Centre, resulting in:

  • Insulation of the kitchen with R5 batts
  • Energy efficient T5 lights and motion sensors in the restrooms
  • Double-glazed glass entry doors and windows
  • High efficiency instantaneous water heating
  • Energy efficient gas heaters with reversible ceiling fans in the meeting rooms
  • Low VOC paint used throughout
  • Low flush toilets in the Community Centre

When St Ambrose partnered  with Our Lady Help of Christian’s Church in East Brunswick they also become a Zero Carbon Moreland member and installed four 3,000L rainwater tanks.


What’s next?

St Ambrose’s in Brunswick is considering installing a solar power system on the community centre building in future.

They also plan to upgrade the insulation at the Parish House and implement a composting system at Bethany House.

Our Lady Help of Christians is considering changing halogen downlights to LEDs