Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More Kudos to G•O Logic

By now, most folks who are involved with our community or have been following our progress are well aware that G•O Logic (Alan Gibson and Matt O'Malia) have designed and will be building the homes in our community. The prototype house they constructed on Crocker Road in Belfast — a visit to which is always one of the most popular parts of our monthly Open House events — has been garnering much acclaim, and more and more people are sitting up and taking notice. Witness these tidbits from a recent newsletter sent around by the company:

Passive House Certification

In Maine, the standard for green design and construction has been officially raised with the completion and certification of The GO Home in Belfast, which is the first Passive House Certified Home in Maine and only the 12th Passive House in the entire United States. This smart and small 1500 square foot, three-bedroom residence packs an elegant design punch, while achieving super energy efficiency at construction costs comparable to a standard home. As a passive house, the homeowners will see a 90% reduction in their heating bill, resulting in a cool $300 dollars per year for space heating, while enjoying all the comforts of the super insulated building shell during the winter months. Alan Gibson and Matthew O’Malia will be traveling to Portland, Oregon next month to receive the Passive House Certification in person at the annual Passive House Convention, where they have also been invited to be guest panelists, as well as present their current work. For more information about Passive Houses visit: www.passivehouse.us

The GO Home’s This New House television début!

In This New House, a new magazine-style series on DIY Network, co-hosts Amy Matthews and This Old House's Kevin O'Connor bring viewers inside homes across the U.S. that feature innovative building materials, techniques and gadgets. At 8 pm on October 13th on the DIY network, The GO Home will be featured on This New House episode: Why Passive Houses Rock. Licensed contractor and host Amy Matthews visits our certified Passive House in Belfast, Maine and discuss the technology of the GO Home, the fact that there is no furnace and it’s affordability. For more information visit: www.diynetwork.com/this-new-house/why-passive-houses-rock/index.html

Unity College Residence Hall

Unity College has announced that GO Logic has been awarded the contract for the design of a one-of-a-kind residence hall on an American college campus. G•O Logic will design a Unity College residence hall to the Passive House standard. If the construction achieves the standard, it will be the first Passive House residence hall constructed on a college or university campus in the United States. In June, Unity College was awarded a grant from The Kendeda Fund to construct a “cottage style” residence based on principles of passive house design. The project entails an educational component involving Unity College students in the design, construction, and monitoring of the facility through curricular and co-curricular activities.

Small Business of the Year Award 2010

GO Logic is proud to have been awarded the Belfast Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award 2010. The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes the smaller business that operate in Waldo County. This award reflects something special about the business, whether it is a unique style or approach, new technology, special services, or some other criteria that distinguishes the business from others similar to it. GO Logic will receive the award at the 50th Annual Awards Dinner set for October 21 at the Point Lookout Resort. For More Information visit:  www.belfastmaine.org/

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