Active House USA officially construction with a fun groundbreaking ceremony on May 2, 2012. The event drew a large crowd of neighbors, trade partners, and local media outlets. A few important project partners also made it, including Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch, and two key Active House Alliance members, Henrik Norlander and Mikkel Olsen, who made the trip all the way from Denmark, by way of the National Green Building Conference in Nashville.
Hibbs Homes and Verdatek Solutions, St Louis’s leading green homebuilders, planned the event in cooperation with Laclede Gas. (You can see a full list of project partners who have signed on to support this important project by visiting www.ActiveHouseUSA.com/partners.)
“I am both thrilled and honored to be involved with this project. Hibbs Homes has been building high-performance sustainable homes for several years in the St. Louis area, but the Active House raises the bar for me, my staff, and my trade partners,” said Kim Hibbs, owner and general contractor of Hibbs Homes and the builder for Active House USA. “We look forward to the challenge and delivering a truly unique home to our client.”
Homeowners, David and Thuy Smith, expect to take occupancy of the home in the fall, and during their first year in the home The University of Missouri Columbia Center for Sustainable Energy will monitor and document energy consumption and indoor air quality – an effort which will also be one of the first of it’s kind to officially document and prove out the benefits of green home building using these criteria.
If you missed the fun, you can watch a quick video from the day’s festivities, or browse through our photo gallery!