Radiant in Commercial

Animal shelters embracing radiant heat flooring

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:46

Radiant heat has been known to produce advantages to homeowners of all sorts, from reducing allergens in the home to creating consistent heating throughout the entire area. While this technology has been implemented in many residential houses, companies have gotten on board as well, installing the heating system within their businesses.
Animal shelters can be bleak places for small creatures, but several organizations have fought against this notion by crafting the most comfortable living situations possible while these animals wait for new homes. Innovative buildings have added radiant heat flooring, grooming centers and solar power to make dogs and cats alike happier during their stays.
Regional Animal Shelter
The Regional Animal Shelter, a New York-based nonprofit, is a no-kill shelter that unveiled plans for a new building in October. The sanctuary aims to keep animals safe and snug while they live within its walls, providing separate rooms for dogs, radiant heat flooring, visiting rooms and a walking garden. Its most recent renovations will encompass more than five acres of land, and will allow the shelter to take in animals ranging from domestic pets to farm creatures, such as chickens and horses. The current facility only has space to house dogs. Renee Earl, an officer with the Regional Animal Shelter, detailed on the organization's blog how the new center would be able to help more animals than the current one.
"There really isn't a rescue around that can take in farm animals that have been abused or neglected, so it is our ultimate goal to have a facility for that," Earl said. "It has been a long time coming, and finally we can take the step to show people what all of their donations have gone toward. It is so exciting."
The company has raised more than $20,000 so far, but needs to ultimately reach around $500,000 to fund the project. Earl, however, is confident the shelter will secure its funding through community donations and grants.
Happy Tails
According to the Daily Review, Happy Tails No Kill Animal Shelter, Inc. was founded in 2004 to provide an animal shelter for residents to live in clean, happy environments where they are treated with dignity. The nonprofit has grown over the years, receiving funding from a combination of local fundraisers, such as car washes and golf tournaments, and grants from large corporations. After procuring the money to create a new building, the company is nearly finished constructing its new center. Complete with an outdoor exercise center, a treatment room, 24 dog kennels, radiant heat flooring and walls built to minimize noise, inhabitants should remain comfortable in their living areas. Karen Friedenberg, Happy Tails board president, expressed her excitement toward the new project and the opportunities it provides the animals.
"The most gratifying aspect of this project has been the support and enthusiasm we have received from so many people," Friedenberg said to the news source. "As we move to our next phase, we look forward to providing a safe place for animals from our entire region on their journey towards a better life."
Newtown Animal Center
Volunteer-staffed and organized Animal Center of Newtown has been around since 2004 and provides shelter for animals in the Pennsylvania area. In 2012, they secured funds to finalize a large new sanctuary that provides both radiant heat flooring and central air conditioning for all residents. Backed by a generous donation from two of the town's wealthy older citizens, the center, which was once a water treatment plant, has the capacity to house hundreds of felines and canines in comfort.