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GO Logic Builds First Certified Passive House in Maine

Architecture and construction firm GO Logic LLC has built the first certified passive house in Maine – a 1,500-square-foot functional model of the German Passive House Standard.

The GO Home, built in Belfast, Maine, might look bright red but it’s a lot greener than most of the houses out there. The three-bedroom residence not only has an elegant design but was also been built as super energy efficient at costs comparable to a conventional house. As a passive house, the GO Home offers all the comfort of an insulated building during the winter months, but also heating bills reduced with up to 90%. This means its owners will be able to save around $300 a year for space heating, which is pretty impressive.

With the addition of solar panels on the roof, the GO Home has also been made net zero energy. This means all the power required to provide heating, electricity and hot water will be provided on site and the owners won’t have to look at an energy bill for the next 25 years. On October 7, the innovative house received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year Award, presented at the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto, thus rounding up its sustainable house credentials.

GO Logic has successfully built one of the only 12 certified passive houses in America, and managed to do it with an affordable cost of $160/ SF. The GO Home combines traditional good looks of the Maine vernacular with contemporary design and details like beautiful wood/ aluminum clad windows imported from Germany, a timber frame from Thorndike Maine and cabinets from local woodworkers.

 

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