Animal Shelters Take the Green Route

Eco-friendly construction methods are not just limited to houses and industrial buildings. They are applicable to animal shelters too. A new eco-friendly construction can inspire visitors, boost adoptions and help  cut down the spread of disease. Animal shelter workers and volunteers too can benefit from working in a cleaner environment.

Heather Lewis, the architect of a firm which designs green shelters, says such can help buildings reduce energy use and also promote wellness and healing.

A new eco-friendly building in Denver by Animal Arts of Boulder is spread across 36,400 sq. foot  area and offers green features namely radiant flooring, natural lighting, low flush toilets, and toxic free paints.

The eco-friendly ventilation design reduces contaminants that spread easily in shelters.  Another one called the Potter League for Animals in RI, that opened in 2009 was the first shelter to earn LEED gold certification.

It has a vegetative roof for flood control due to plentiful rain and snow in the region. This building also features non-toxic paints, building materials and drought resistant landscaping.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) in the Bay area of CA that earned a gold LEED rating operates the largest solar installation. These solar panels provide 1/3 of the shelter’s power.

This shelter also features on-site bioswales, or ditches, that naturally cleanse rainwater run-off before it enters the municipal water treatment system.

These eco friendly animal shelters reduce energy and utility bills and these extra funds can be shifted for animal care.

Pets can benefit from this green construction that also highlights a strong sense of ethics, advocacy and caring for the environment too.

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