Clients at NEADS, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for people who are deaf and disabled, have a special opportunity to bond with their dogs. During their two-week training, the clients reside at a dedicated facility that provides a warm, welcoming environment for what can be a surprising and challenging process.

To create the home-like New England farmhouse feel that the organization desired for its expanded client house, architect William Masiello specified propane space heating, water heating, and fireplaces. In addition to providing a reliable, comfortable source of heat, the building’s propane furnace provides energy savings of about 35–40 percent annually compared with electric or oil alternatives, reducing operating costs and allowing the organization to use those funds for other programs and amenities in the building.

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