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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
8301 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
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Financial stewardship has long been a focus of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, as its leadership made the decision to operate the Urbandale, Iowa-based facility in the most efficient manner possible. However, managing the many multi-use spaces in this more than 46,800-square-foot facility proved to be difficult, given the multitude of educational and worship activities, classes, meetings, and services for its members and visitors occurring seven days a week.

Witnessing increasing energy and facilities operation expenses, the Executive Leadership and Facilities teams at Gloria Dei made the decision to focus their efforts on controlling and regulating temperature and lighting schedules while ensuring that equipment is regularly maintained to maximize efficiency. Occupancy sensors where added to curb lighting costs in unoccupied spaces and staff members were educated on ways to assist in operating the building at maximum efficiency.

As a result, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was honored as the first congregation in the State of Iowa to achieve ENERGY STAR certification, proving that responsible operation of a congregational facility can sometimes be just as effective in reducing energy waste as a major capital project.

As the Gloria Dei congregation celebrates 38 years at its current facility, financial stewardship and environmental responsibility are more important now than ever. The Executive Leadership and Facilities teams at Gloria Dei will continue to measure its energy use while exploring new opportunities to become even more efficient as a congregation.




"Stewardship has long been a focus for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and ENERGY STAR certification from EPA is confirmation that there is financial value to being good stewards of the facility your congregation operates within. Gloria Dei and our community have benefited from the reallocation of saved resources into investing in the people we care about." 


-- Brandon Simpson, Facility Manager, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Wolin Mechanical Electrical Contractors

Building Owner:*
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Property Manager:*
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (76)

Facility Type: Worship Facility

Total Floorspace: 46878 sf

Year Constructed: 1982

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting