In It's Not Easy Being Green, Curbed pulls back the curtain on cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design, from urban passive houses to green tweaks on suburban living. Have a suggestion for an upcoming column? Pass it along.
Built by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, this rural country home in Belfast, Maine is not only insanely cozy, but also entirely eco-friendly. Called the Go Home, the 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom cottage is the state's first ever certified Passive House—which means it belongs to a rare breed of highly energy efficient homes. The entire roof of the two-story structure is covered in solar panels, with walls that are tightly sealed to prevent any sort of air leakage, and windows covered in a triple glaze so as to keep heat in. The structure is also "net zero," which means it generates all of its own energy for heat, hot water, and electricity.
Green as it is, no sacrifices were made in terms of aesthetics. Instead, the home—which serves as the prototype for an oh-so-hippiesque new co-housing community—offers a lovely open floor plan, stylish minimalist decor, and plenty of outdoor porch space.