The GO Home Passive HouseContemporary Living Room, 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:
Solar photovoltaic panels also help offset electricity costs. The house isn’t net zero, but it's close. A common misconception is that solar photovoltaic panels directly power the house and the electronics inside. The sun shines and the computer works etc. A more common installation works more like a credit system. The power generated goes to offset your bill as an energy credit. With grid-tied systems like this, you don’t make money producing energy; rollover credits go into your account and accumulate on an annual basis. (Off-the-grid, stand-alone solar electric systems require large batteries to store the sun’s energy when the sun is not shining. Batteries need to be replaced, they’re large, and they have a limited number of life cycles of charge and discharge.)Pratt points out that it's possible for him to make the house net zero, though it's not a lifestyle he wants to develop. “People play the game,” he says. “Like hypermilers in their hybrid cars who never go over 50 miles per hour so they can get 100 miles a gallon in a Prius. If you don’t turn on supplemental heat and never cook, you can achieve net zero easily. This approach isn't for everyone. In GO Logic homes, you can still live life as you would, without taking on an extreme lifestyle, and consume very little energy to maintain a comfortable internal environment."