Three Years Later: Life in Active House USA

On the eve of Earth Day, the owners of one of North America’s most energy-efficient homes share their experience living in this unique home.

active-house-usa-2013-green-home-builder-st-louisThree years ago, hundreds of people lined up to view a one of a kind home built in Webster Groves. The home, built by Hibbs Homes  and designed by Jeff Day & Associates Architects was the very first Active House built in the United States. The Active House Alliance, a Dutch nonprofit organization that works with sustainable builders around the world, connected with St. Louis custom home builder Hibbs Homes to create a prototype house that would be used to bolster green home building standards worldwide.

This one-of-a-kind home provided data that was used to support the development of a newly crafted green home building standard known as the Active House Alliance standards. Traditionally green building standards concern themselves with the materials and building processes, but Active House standards are the first of its kind in that they evaluate and design with a concentration on what happens in the home after the homeowners take residence.


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