WHS Ozaukee Campus first and only Midwest LEED Gold certified shelter
SAUKVILLE — Officials from the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus have announced the shelter has been awarded LEED® Gold certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Saukville facility opened in March 2011.
“Our goal was to create a highly energy efficient, more environmentally responsible facility that reduces long-term energy and water use costs for the organization. As leaders of our community who advocate for treating animals with respect and kindness, it is also integral to our mission to be good stewards of our environment,” WHS Ozaukee Campus Director Beth Maresh said.
LEED certification of the WHS Ozaukee Campus was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Solar hot water panels on the roof to heat water for bathing dogs and puppies
- Use of building materials harvested or manufactured locally
- Strategies implemented to manage stormwater runoff, as well as use of native plants to eliminate need for site irrigation
- Low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants were used throughout the interior of the building
- Ventilation system includes devices that monitor CO2 levels in the building. These monitors feed the information to the HVAC system, which will adjust the ventilation rates to accommodate the actual needs.
- Energy recovery technology to stay energy efficient while using fresh outside air for the health of the animals.
- Roofing materials used on the shelter were carefully selected to reduce heat absorption, thereby reducing the building’s tendency to be a heat island