A Passive House in Maine Is One Couple’s New Start After Losing Everything in a Fire

On the same site, they melded two prefab designs from local firm Go Logic to create a resilient, energy-efficient forever home.
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Sarah Szwajkos

When an electrical fire that started internally destroyed their home and everything in it, Jenn and Matt Fortin decided to rebuild stronger, safer, and more energy-efficient. "We determined pretty quickly that we did not want to build another log cabin because of how devastating that was," says Matt. Instead, they decided to explore prefab options for their wooded property in the small town of Denmark, Maine, about an hour outside of Portland.

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