For the Smith family, moving into the USA’s first Active House in 2013 was a new beginning and a return to the past. David Smith grew up near the Active House site and has fond memories of playing wiffle ball in the yard just across the street. When the Smiths’ architect, Jeff Day (of Jeff Day and Associates in St. Louis) proposed the Active House idea, the family jumped on board.
"We wanted to have comfort in our home, we wanted to have a very nice house with lots of amenities," says owner David Smith. He wanted to build a good home for his family of two parents and a daughter. "When we learned more about the Active House standard and what it allowed us to do, we were very excited about it," Smith remembers.