At first glance, this home may not appear too futuristic or forward thinking, but looks can be deceiving. The GO Home in Belfast, ME, just won the 2011 Project of the Year award as part of the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, awarded by the US Green Building Council. The GO Home is the first passive house certified home in Maine and only the 12th passive house in the entire United States. Passive homes are defined by their ultralow energy use and even in harsh climates, such as Maine, these homes require little energy for space heating or cooling.
Read on to learn why this house is so revolutionary.
- While the home is incredibly energy efficient, it was built at construction costs comparable to building a standard home.
- Even without solar panels, the GO House nets a 90 percent reduction in annual heating bills. This means that annual heating bills will be no greater than $300 per year.
- By adding solar panels, the GO House creates all the energy on site needed to provide heat, hot water, and electricity for the homeowners for the next 25 years.
- While affordable and super eco, it's also beautiful. Beautiful wood/ aluminum-clad windows imported from Germany, a timber frame from Thorndike Maine, and cabinets from local woodworkers keep the home elegant.
- The home isn't a one-time prototype: the project will be replicated across a 36-home community in Maine.
Want to learn more about how the home was built? Check out videos of the construction process at GO Logic Homes.