This post is from our visionary client, at the inseption of the project:
The Maine Solar Barn project is an effort to create an intelligent alternative to conventional building design and construction.
We aim to create a functional, beautiful, economically feasible structure that incorporates the latest thinking in sustainable, ecologically sensitive architecture and home building.
To this end, we have dedicated ourselves to the highest standards in sustainability in the entire process of designing, building, and inhabiting this structure. We will look widely for guidance and inspiration, from standards-setting bodies (such as the United States Green Building Council and their LEED certification process, as an example), practitioners in the field (such as Tedd Benson of Bensonwood), leading architects, and academics and other thinkers. We expect the structure to have a zero (or better) net carbon balance, and to be a net energy producer over its lifetime.
In part, we want this project to be an answer to the question of what one small group of people can do to help save the planet from catastrophic climate change due to emissions of greenhouse gases.
For more of the initial thinking and insiration that was part of the beginning of this project go to: http://www.mainesolarbarn.blogspot.com/