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Smith Residence: the first Active House
in the United States

A modern home that offers a healthy indoor climate and exceptional energy efficiency – while harmonising with its traditional neighbourhood. That is the first Active House in the United States. Home to the Smith family of St. Louis, Missouri, who find their house extremely comfortable.

The family enjoys the reduced energy costs, but David Smith also feels that the Active House gives value for money in terms of quality of life:

The family enjoys the reduced energy costs, but David Smith also feels that the Active House gives value for money in terms of quality of life:

The really important thing with any project is certainly to build a home that fits the community and fits the neighbourhood. All in all, the community loves it and we have certainly got a lot of attention. Often nowadays, when people ask me where I live, I just refer to it as the Active House. They know where it is,

says home owner David Smith.

The family enjoys the reduced energy costs, but David Smith also feels that the Active House gives value for money in terms of quality of life:

The family enjoys the reduced energy costs, but David Smith also feels that the Active House gives value for money in terms of quality of life:

"One of the nicest aspects of this house is the incredible amount of daylight. Rarely do we turn on the lights in the house during the day," he says and describes the family home as "extremely comfortable".


Product solutions used in this case

Electric "Fresh Air" skylights

Designed for both deck and curb mount installations, the VELUX Electric "Fresh Air" skylight is the perfect daylighting solution for overhead applications. It allows for abundant natural light, and with the touch of a button, opens to let in fresh air. And if you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather.

Sun Tunnels

The VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylight bypasses all obstacles, using an adaptable reflecting tube to direct daylight into every corner of your home. The effect is brighter and more comfortable living areas.


Blinds

Complete your roof window with a VELUX blind. VELUX blinds offer effective sunscreening and heat protection to suit every need.

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