Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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It was the right building at the right time, when everyone was beginning to rethink the overblown McMansions of the building boom years. "New tech can't look like this alienating thing," says Matt. "So it looks like everyone's house, but a little bit different. It was actually the Maine look, because they already knew how to build for the climate. Any- way, it was important for the house to have a very familiar look, to convey with clarity the message that the future isn't so bad—it's actually kind of fun." GO Forward Once the GO Home was completed, and its wake of attention had rippled through the region and farther, the recession was also beginning to wane. Matt and Alan moved on to custom versions of their platform—some more vanguard modern than GO Home, but many similarly contextual. The foundation of them all was their super-insulated, shallow foundation system, which they've since patented. They've also devised panelized wall systems, building shells, and various assemblies that they now build in their own shop to tight tolerances and under controlled conditions. This kit of parts has proven to be a robust set of components for cus- tom expression and even institutional design. In Europe, PassivHaus is not just a residential standard but one that is perhaps most ideally suited to large-scale building, where downsizing heating equipment results in substan- tial savings over a long holding period. With single-family houses, the added cost of the building envelope and tri- ple-pane windows are only somewhat mitigated by the savings in heating equipment and overall energy efficien- cy. (In regions where air conditioning is the big energy load, there's even less economic argument for Passive House at the one-off scale.) But for bigger projects in cold regions, those heating mechanical and operations savings increase exponen- tially with square footage. So Matt and Alan are making a concerted effort to point their design/build company in the direction of more multifamily and institutional projects. In the winter months, the challenge for both building types is preserving the warmth captured from passive solar, those smaller heating systems, body heat, and warmth from machines inside Above and right: GO Logic's custom work inspired many houses in its prefab portfolio. House on a Knoll is a 1,000-square-foot, single-level plan with two bedrooms, a bath, and a screened porch. Below right: The secret sauce for the company's thick, passive house walls and super-insulated foundations. Photos this page: Brian Vanden Brink /Courtesy Fine Homebuilding Drawing: GO Logic 24 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 PRO-FILE BUILD

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