Think that high-efficiency always comes with a high price tag? Think again …

This spring, G•O Logic, a collaboration between architect Matthew O’ Malia and builder/contractor Alan Gibson, will be completing a net-zero energy prototype home in Belfast, Maine, that’s on track to become LEED Platinum Certified and the first Passive House Certified home in that state. And at 1,500 square feet, it’s not exactly a shoebox either. And the real kicker? Once it enters the market after a two-year trial period during which it’s rented to a local family and undergoes a series of performance tests, G•O Logic hopes the prototype home will sell for as low as $225,000.

Not too shabby at all. It’s not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing green home I’ve ever seen (I immediately think big red barn) but the amount of innovative, high-performance features — G•O Logic’s philosophy: “We believe that to build for the future, we need to utilize the very best technology today” — packed into a home with such a reasonable price point is remarkable. Overall, the home will offer a 90 percent reduction in space heating load and will generate its own renewable energy on-site.

According to G•O Logic, the home will be built from local materials and has the potential to save over 500 gallons of oil and prevent 5,000 metric tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere annually. Residential Architect has more specs on the home that include an insulated concrete foundation slab and ultra high-performance German windows.

Intrigued? Check back at G•O Logic's website for updates on the prototype home as it nears completion. It's also worth watching a video series produced by the firm in which O' Malia and Gibson explain different eco-elements of the prototype home including SIP panels, timber framing, and seam sealing. Watch the introductory video below.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The Maine event
G•O Logic is designing and building a prototype home in Belfast, Maine, that's not only super-efficient but super-affordable. It's expected to sell for as lit