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Active House


Exterior_2_with-out Skyligth on front facadeActive House USA is an industry innovating sustainable home built in Webster Groves, MO by Hibbs Homes & Verdatek Solutions, and designed by Jeff Day & Associates Architects.

The first of it’s kind in North America, Active House USA is a high performance home that takes an innovative, holistic approach to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and interaction with the surrounding environment. This custom home serves as a prototype for North American homes built using Active House standards.

Active House USA utilizes the Active House specifications developed by the Active House Alliance, and is green verified using four North American, sustainable building standards: Energy Star, EPA Indoor, Building America Builder’s Challenge, and ANSI ICC-700 also know as The National Green Building Standard.

Traditionally green building standards concern themselves with the materials and building processes, but Active House standards are the first to account for those while primarily concerning its self with what happens after the homeowners takes residence.

Still a living and breathing specification that continues to evolve, Active House projects around the world are continuing to be monitored for metric and anecdotal measures to help evolve and change the standards. Active House USA is the first in North America to become a part of this global, sustainable community. The techniques and metrics from this home are being collected and analyzed by several groups domestically and abroad to help better define and develop Active House specifications as well as green building specifications in the US.

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Active House Enters Testing Phase

In our final blog post from the Active House team, construction is complete and the owners will move in shortly.

By: Matt Belcher Posted on May9, 2013

outside_hero_tcm131-1908133Now that we’re putting the finishing touches on the Active House USA project, we are busy performing all of the final performance testing and inspections for the National Green Building Standard (ANSI ICC-700), Energy Star, Builders Challenge, and EPA’s WaterSense and Indoor airPlus Programs.

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