Avesta Project Earns LEED for Homes Platinum Certification

| October 31, 2016

Interior of Avesta Housing


Avesta Housing at dusk

Designed by Gawron Turgeon

Gorham, Maine – Avesta Housing recently opened the doors to Ridgewood at Village Square, an environmentally friendly, senior apartment community designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. (GTA).

This community was awarded a LEED Platinum rating, the highest level for green, energy-efficient designed and constructed buildings.

Ridgewood at Village Square, one of the many Avesta Housing developments in Maine, is an affordable housing community for seniors and those with disabilities. Through its research to understand the communities of each new development area, Avesta Housing and GTA assure all stakeholders and local neighborhoods that the new developments will be attractive from site design to building construction while implementing sustainable, green measures throughout.

The senior residents living at Ridgewood will benefit greatly from the LEED Platinum rating. It will keep their living costs down while enjoying the healthy interior environment. The apartments at Ridgewood are affordable, secure, and energy-efficient with many amenities including the allowance of small pets.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGCB) developed a four-level rating system for improved environmental and health implications of the built environment. Through achieving LEED ratings, our buildings can work towards reducing energy consumption, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately lowering operating costs for businesses, as well as residents.


“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge, “ said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Avesta Housing and Gawron Turgeon Architects are addressing it through local solutions.”

“Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. is honored to have been part of the team on this notable Energy Star and LEED for Homes certified project. From day one the team worked hard to ensure that the project would meet the LEED Platinum rating – the highest standard for energy efficiency and sustainability,“ stated Rebecca Dillon, Principal at GTA, “As an affordable housing project for seniors, this building showcases that a high standard of green design can be met on any budget.”

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Category: All, Green, Northern New England, Senior/Assisted LIving