The one-story 7,085 square-foot shelter designed by Farr Associates and dbHMS, and built by Goldberg General Contracting, Inc. features three adoption playrooms, three admission rooms, four special needs suites, a medical ward, a treatment room and conference room. Its two mechanical rooms house the equipment that runs and monitors the cutting-edge technology in the new shelter. The building’s heating and cooling needs are powered by fourteen geo-thermal wells, twenty solar thermal panels, plus a solar photovoltaic system of ninety-six panels.
The design is organized around a central landscaped courtyard for day-lighting and access for all shelter users, visually and physically, to nature. Cats in every room of the shelter enjoy natural light and look out at the trees and flowers surrounding the building.
Harmony House’s new shelter building was certified Platinum LEED-NC on Nov 14, 2012. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
– Lower operating costs and increase asset value
– Reduce waste sent to landfills
– Conserve energy and water
– Be healthier and safer for occupants
– Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
To learn more about LEED certification and the U.S. Green Building Council, visit their website at http://new.usgbc.org/leed.