Cathedral Square’s Richmond Terrace Senior Living received Efficiency Vermont’s Major Renovation Honor Award at the Better Buildings by Design conference on February 4, 2015.

Efficiency Vermont’s “Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction” awards recognize innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial and multifamily buildings.

The Richmond Terrace project architect was Duncan Wisniewski Architecture.  Renovations in 2014 on the 30-year old, 16-unit affordable senior housing development included air source heat pumps for heating and cooling, new windows and ground mounted solar panels, as well as significant improvements to the building’s thermal envelope, water usage, lighting and insulation. The award winning renovation resulted in a projected utility cost savings of $12,000/year and a significant improvement in the quality of life for residents.

“The cost and energy savings and enhanced accessibility at Richmond Terrace have been remarkable,” noted Nancy Rockett Eldridge, CEO, Cathedral Square Corporation.  “We consistently strive to make all our buildings, new and renovated, as efficient and welcoming as the Richmond Terrace community is now.”

The project received financial support from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, People’s United Bank, Northfield Savings Bank, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Fuel Efficiency Partnership, and the Weatherization Program of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. The development also was awarded a highly competitive construction grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program.