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Off the grid: A compact passive house design in Maine

Designed by , this two-story passive house design features a 1,500 square foot bright and airy floor plan, with 238 square feet of covered deck, located in Belfast, Maine. There is a combined kitchen/living/dining space on the first level and three bedrooms with one full bath on the second level (floor plans below). Amenities include a covered entry porch, kitchen pantry, powder room, mud room, and laundry closet.

These energy-efficient homes are prefabricated in Go Home’s climate-controlled factory and then brought on-site to fully assemble. Their panelized exterior walls have “two thick layers of insulation, virtually eliminating thermal bridging from indoors to outdoors and dramatically reducing heat loss,” states the company website.

Other highlights includes: a patented super-insulated foundation, passive house building shell, high-performance windows and doors, tested air-tightness, continuous fresh-air ventilation, efficient and reliable systems and equipment, durable, low-maintenance exterior, clean and bright interiors, healthy living environment—such as Zero-VOC paints and formaldehyde-free cabinets and plywood.

Above: The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, while the flooring is a polished concrete with a buffed wax finish. The windows are manufactured in Germany by EGE. The lamp is the Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp—Y Lighting.

What We Love: This passive house design is so well planned with great style and simplicity… not to mention the green energy savings this homeowner enjoys. The interiors are warm and inviting, the perfect sized living space where every square inch has been maximized to feel spacious. A beautiful concept both indoors and out… Readers, please share your thoughts on this eco-friendly design in the comments below!

Note: Have a look at another energy-efficient home that we have featured here on Fitflopsale-Singapore: Jaw-dropping eco-friendly home on Butterfly Beach.

Accolades: US Green Building Council, Residential Project of the Year Award, 2012 / Treehugger, Best of Green, 2012 / EcoHome Grand Award, 2011 / LEED Project of the Year, 2011.

Pricing: This 1,500 square foot passive house design is priced at $243/Square Foot — $365,000. The cost does not include the solar electric array and the solar thermal hot water array or the site work of excavation, septic, driveway, and grading.

Above: The track was made by Hafele, installed in the framing before drywall. The handle is from Linnea, and the door has several layers of painted tongue and groove pine. This is a standard washer with a spin dryer. The closet was designed to hang clothes for drying.

Above: The windows throughout this home are triple-paned with an average R-value of 7 (up to twice the R-value of commonly available windows). The windows shades are standard roll down solar control shades- 7% transparent. The floors are solid spruce, face nailed with a clear polyurethane finish. The window trim and all painted wood trim is eastern white pine.

Above: The metal roof is painted galvalume. Pitch 10/12. Posts are 6×6. Siding material is fiber-cement, 4” to weather. The red paint color on the exterior facade is Indian Corn – . The siding is a Fiber Cement Siding by CertainTeed.

Photos: Trent Bell

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