The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Our Green Building

Green Building
Solar Panels

Built in 2003, the Boulder Shelter’s facility at 4869 North Broadway was designed and built to minimize environmental impacts and operating costs. The Shelter is a LEED-compliant structure and one of the very first green-built shelters in the United States. Some of the building’s features include:

  • A geo-exchange heating and cooling system
  • A 10KW photovoltaic system used for providing electricity
  • Automatic light switches that turn lights off when rooms are not occupied
  • Skylights that provide natural light so that lights can be turned off during the day
  • A very low wattage/SF lighting system
  • Programmable thermostats
  • High performance windows
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Landscaping designed to capture and use rain water
  • Low water use trees, shrubs and plants
  • Front loading, low water use washing machines
  • The building is located on a major bus line
  • Almost all of the Shelter’s furniture and furnishings were previously used in for-profit businesses

The movie below provides a two-minute photo tour of the Shelter—press the play button to start. (The movie is a 8MB Flash file and may take a few minutes to load.) If you do not have Flash Player, you can download it for free from here.

Stayin' Home for the Homeless