The GO Home
The GO Home represents a successful development model for zero-energy single family housing that can be delivered at a cost comparable to that of standard residential construction, even in a cold northern climate. Meeting both Passive House and LEED Platinum standards, it provides a healthy, comfortable environment for a family of five while reducing energy demand by approximately 90 percent from that of an equivalent code-compliant building. The use of small photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays results in net-zero energy consumption on an annual basis.
The building is sited at the edge of a meadow, where it is sheltered from winter winds by the property’s forested northern boundary, and oriented to maximize solar gain. By restricting construction to a small portion of the property, we minimized site disturbance. Limited impervious surface area and carefully managed surface drainage promote groundwater recharge and support a varied mix of native plantings.
The architecture borrows from the austere rural New England vernacular, with a compact form that minimizes exterior surface area and heat loss. Its super-insulated, rigorously air-sealed building shell makes use of passive solar gain and natural ventilation to further offset space heating and cooling demand, permitting a radical reduction in the cost and complexity of mechanical systems. A high efficiency heat-recovery ventilation system ensures a continuous supply of fresh air year round. The house’s open ground floor plan and three-bedroom second floor support a variety of concurrent uses; the timber frame structure easily accommodates plan alterations as family needs evolve.
In addition to being a proof of concept for a specific building type, the GO Home also served as a test-bed for GO Logic’s integrated design-and-construction business structure. Based on continuous feedback between field crews and architects, this approach drives innovations in design and production that have proven sustainable, scalable, and cost-effective in our firm’s subsequent projects.
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
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