Safe Berks

Safe Berks sought to create a sustainable facility to house all their services, including providing shelter for victims of domestic violence on a temporary basis and administrative operations. The project utilizes many sustainable features and is constructed with SIPS roof panels, cement board rainscreen system, and recycled masonry units. This building uses 20% less energy, utilizes 51% less potable water and captures 90% of annual rainfall. The project helped contribute to the City of Reading earning the first STAR community rating (for sustainable towns and cities) in Pennsylvania. This project earned a LEED NC v2.2 Silver Certification and a Green Building Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Keystone Chapter.