The LEED-Platinum GO Home in Belfast, Maine, has been named the USGBC’s 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year. The designation recognizes dedicated leaders for their important contribution to the residential green building community and was presented at the 2011 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Toronto on Oct. 6. The 1,500-square-foot GO Home is Maine's first Passive House-certified home, which required an 86% improvement on space heating loads compared to typically constructed homes. Annual heating costs will amount to approximately $300.
Built by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, the GO Home combines a broad range of winning features that set the bar for affordable green building, including: a heat-recovery ventilation system rated at 95% efficiency that provides consistent fresh air to the interior; an open floor plan with large, German-built triple-glazed windows; and affordable construction costs of $160 per square foot.
The GO Home is also a Grand Award winner of the 2011 EcoHome Design Awards. For a related article and slide show click here.
residential architect, our sister publication, wrote more about the GO Home as part of their shelter lab series.