Green Building

Pennsylvania animal cruelty shelter gets green renovations

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 10:06

Major renovations have begun at the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) building, located on Phoenixville Pike in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, according to the Chester County Daily Local News.

The Chester branch of the SPCA has put forth more than $1.6 million for the new center, money that was mostly generated through fundraising and donations. Additions to the building will make the center sustainable and the building will provide a healthy home for the animals, reported the news source.

"Our goal is to create an environment that is healthier and less stressful for animals in need of a home, as well as a more welcoming facility for those people looking to adopt," Rich Britton, a spokesman for the SPCA, told the News.

The new home will feature a radiant heating system that was installed in the floors of the building to help give the animals a comfortable source of heat during the winter months, according to the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide a comfortable source of warmth due to the way that the technology spreads out the heat in an even manner between the floor and the ceiling. There is only a two-to-three degree difference between the floor and ceiling, as opposed to more than 10 degrees with a traditional system.