The first house of its kind in North America, an Active House in Webster Groves is almost ready for its new residents to move in.
It's not a green house -- or even a greenhouse -- but Webster Groves is about to have a very "green" house ready for residents to move in. Active House USA has literally made a home in Webster Groves right in the heart of downtown Webster, at 215 South Gray. The home is the first of its kind in North America, according to Kim Hibbs with Hibbs Homes, the developer of the Webster Active House. The South Gray residence will be ready for its owners to move in this month, built up to U.S. green building standards complete with energy-efficient technology. "We wanted to marry the old design of Webster with new, high-tech principles," Hibbs told Patch. "The idea is to deliver a homeowner a home that is energy-efficient, more durable, and has …
The home, which is a prototype of the Active House Alliance, will be designed and built with sustainability and the customer's pocketbook in mind, builder says.
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- Lori Rose
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A new “green” house being planned in Webster Groves will blend in with its more traditional neighbors, yet be more energy efficient and cost effective, its builder says. “We don’t want to go put something in that sticks out like a sore thumb,” said Matt Belcher of Belcher Homes. “Nothing funky looking. They’d run me out on a rail in Webster–you need to do things that are consistent with the neighborhood.” Belcher is the project manager for the house, a prototype of the Active House Alliance. The Active House Alliance is a European movement that embraces standards in building materials and practices in order to maximize energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality and lessen a building’s environmental impact. The house, which will be …