GO Logic Passive Solar Home - Belfast, MaineRebbeca Goldfine of Mainebiz reports on the vision and leadership by G-O Logic, creators of the net-zero home in Belfast, Maine that has served as a prototype for several new buildings and a new eco-housing development in the area:

In Belfast, a little red house at the edge of a small field of milkweed has been causing a stir since it was built in 2010. It’s been on the cover of Maine Home and Design, was featured on the TV show “This New House” on the DIY network and been the subject of many news stories. It also recently won the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2011 project of the year. The object of all this attention is small and neat, with a pitched roof topped with shimmering blue solar panels. It’s painted the bright red of a classic New England barn — a deliberate decision by its two creators to attract attention to an innovative home design for Maine and the rest of the country.

“Passive houses are a huge paradigm shift,” says Matt O’Malia, who with Alan Gibson in 2008 founded G∙O Logic, an architecture and building company in Belfast that specializes in passive structures. To illustrate the extent of this shift, O’Malia holds up two fingers a couple inches apart to indicate how much the updated — and highly contested — conventional building code in Maine improves energy efficiency. Then he stretches his arms wide to show how much a passive design enhances a home’s energy performance.

“We’re going to build a house 90% better,” he says, meaning a passive house uses 10% of the heating energy that a standard, code-compliant home uses. Passive homes meet the highest international standard for energy efficiency.

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