A Pretty Good House in Maine
This home’s low energy bills speak louder than any performance certificate
This article by homeowner Stephen Sheehy discusses why the informal Pretty Good House (PGH) concept made better sense for his home in terms of cost/benefit than going through a program with a formal certification process. The aim of a PGH is to identify sensible and attainable solutions to performance and design goals. A panel describes specific PGH criteria the Sheehy’s home exhibits. The home was designed by architect Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Archtects in Portland, Maine, who is one of the originators of the PGH, and he describes what one is and is not in a sidebar on the concept.