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
What Houzz contributors are saying:
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.
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.
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.
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