The GO Home Passive HouseContemporary Exterior, Portland Maine

The 1,500 sq. ft. GO Home offers two story living with a combined kitchen/living/dining space on the main level and three bedrooms with full bath on the upper level.

Amenities include covered entry porch, kitchen pantry, powder room, mud room and laundry closet.

LEED Platinum certification; 1st Passive House–certified home in Maine, 12th certified in U.S.; USGBC Residential Project of the Year Award 2011; EcoHome Magazine Design Merit Award, 2011; TreeHugger, Best Passive House of the Year Award 2012

photo by Trent Bell

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claridge wrote:May 22, 2013
  • dolcegirl
    Love turn and tilt windows. Many thanks.
  • PRO
    We used fixed windows on the south facade to maximize passive solar gain and thermal performance, while reducing costs. Larger windows are more energy efficient than smaller windows because the triple glazing performs thermally better than the frames, and larger windows are typically less expensive per unit cost than smaller windows. We installed operable windows on the east and west facades for cross ventilation. GO Logic purchased the windows directly from EGE in Germany.

    If you would like to see a model GO Logic home, you can contact the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, a community of GO Logic designed and built homes, meeting the passive house standard. (207) 338-9200 or info (at) mainecohousing (dot) org
mfmccann wrote:Jul 14, 2014
  • Crissa Evans

    I would appreciate an answer the the above question. Thanks

  • PRO

    The site work of excavation, septic, driveway, and grading are not included in the cost of the house. The foundation and all finishes are included in the number. The cost of a septic system, well, and other infrastructure vary widely from site to site and state to state, but in Maine a septic system is generally around $10k, a well around $6k, and driveway is $25-40 per running foot (12’ wide).

    Hope that helps!

garysloan wrote:Jun 25, 2014
  • PRO
    Gary, So sorry to hear that you are struggling with this. In general our clients have had better success with local banks versus national, but it still proves challenging. Hopefully as the use of this construction method increases and becomes more popular, it will get easier. Best of luck.
  • tjalkatout
    We had great luck with local credit unions
lucyhem wrote:Jul 9, 2013
  • PRO
    The exterior of the GO Home is Fiber Cement Siding by CertainTeed.
  • PRO
    Atlantis Rail Systems
    Love this design! Great work.
paharman wrote:May 26, 2013
  • PRO
    There are solar thermal systems that are reasonably simple to install. I'm sure there are lots of websites where one can learn to do it, get a parts list, etc. Solar electric panels generally require knowledge of the electrical code and would be best left to a licensed electrician or certified solar installer. In either case, you might not be eligible for federal or state incentive funds if you DIY, but that would be something to check into.
  • Joerg Gaebler
    Great Design! Would love to see the performance and heating demand in the winter in Maine. Please check out the drainback Secusol solar thermal system. Perfect for Passiv Homes
Timothy wrote:May 19, 2013
  • PRO
    It is a 2.85 kW solar array with panels made by Canadian Solar. On a sunny day they should produce about 2.5 kilowatts per hour. They are tied to the electrical panel in the house, so if power is being used in the house when the sun is shining, it will come from the solar panels. Any power produced beyond what is being used will be fed back to the grid (actually, the electrons flow to the nearest load, so in that situation the panels are feeding a neighbor's house, which is cool).

    On a cloudy day output would be much less, depending on how thick the clouds were, but even on a cloudy, showery day we generally see .4 to .5 kilowatts being produced per hour.
  • paharman
    How Can I install these in the midwest area of US
shoomp_1 wrote:Apr 8, 2016
mlkkjk wrote:Apr 18, 2014
  • PRO
    The interior wall surface is drywall.
Melisa Moonan wrote:Mar 29, 2014
  • PRO
    The red is Cabot brand Solid Stain in Indian Corn. The grey is the window and flashing color.
pittsville wrote:Jun 9, 2013
  • PRO
    The metal roofing is Galvalume made by Everlast Roofing Inc.
roxanne54 wrote:May 26, 2013
  • PRO
    The GO Home overall exterior dimensions are 32'-6" x 28'-0", however there is a section taken out of the front entry area, as well as a recessed storage area on the backside of the house, making these overalls just slightly misleading.
thanacek wrote:May 22, 2013
  • PRO
    We built a slab on grade foundation, with 6" of rigid insulation on the face of the foundation and 8" of insulation below the foundation.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Christine Tusher added this to Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel BasicsApr 3, 2014

Project: Installing solar panels.Why: To reduce your carbon footprint and save an average of $84 per month on your electricity bill.How it works: Solar panels are photovoltaic (PV) cells. In a nutshell, these special batteries harness sunlight, transform it into energy, then send that energy to an inverter, which converts it into electricity to power the home.

Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science) added this to Let’s Clear Up Some Confusion About Solar PanelsFeb 21, 2014

The other form is an evacuated-tube collector, pictured on this roof in the top center amid an array of PV panels. This kind of collector looks like a set of parallel glass tubes.There is another kind of solar water heater, known as a batch system. However, this is not used frequently here in Europe due to its susceptibility to freezing temperatures and lower efficiency. Even in the U.S. (as we saw this year with the phenomenal polar vortex), there are few places with no risk of freezing temperatures.

Jen Dalley |||||||||||||| added this to Togetherness Take 2: Is a Cohousing Community for You?Dec 30, 2013

Sustainability and treading lightly on the land are common values among residents. With its compact design and low energy consumption, a model home such as this is ideal for replicating on a cohousing site.

Becky Harris added this to The '70s Are Back. Can Ya Dig It?Aug 21, 2013

Solar panels. The Carter administration made a big push for using solar energy, even installing solar panels on the White House in 1979. Unfortunately, we burned through a lot of oil while the idea slowly caught on and the technology improved. (The panels were removed during the Reagan administration in 1986.) But solar panels returned to the property in 2002, and more are being installed this month.See more architecture with solar panels

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Catherine Garcia added this to My Personal StylesSep 10, 2018

tiny house green home because of the solar panels

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