GO Home Maine’s 1st Certified Passive Home

A little red house in Maine is getting a lot of attention. The GO Home, built by architecture and construction firm G•O Logic, was just awarded the 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year Award by the U.S. Green Building Council. But that’s not all. The house is also the state’s first certified Passive Home.

The 1,500 square-foot home was given the Council’s highest Leadership in Energy Design designation: platinum. Some of the design elements of the home include solar panels, a heat recovery ventilation system and finishes made from local workers.

Via GO Logic

The home has also been designated as a certified Passive Home under the German Passive House Standard. The Passive House standard requires 86 percent improvement on a home’s space heating loads compared to the average home. Annual heating costs for The GO Home are estimated at a mere $300, and it is also only the 12th Passive House in the entire United States.

Equally impressive is the affordability at which the designers were able to build the home. G•O Logic was able to complete the home for just $160 per square foot, for an overall cost of $240,000. Taking advantage of its rural setting, the Go Home also includes design elements like wood and aluminum clad windows from Germany, a timber frame from Maine and cabinets made from local woodworkers.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.