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THRIVE VITALITY HOMES

Thrive Vitality Homes, Denver, Colorado | Each Vitality home features luxurious architecture combined with Thrive’s trademark Zero Energy construction, LEED certification, and a focus on cleaner indoor air. Vitality Thrive Homes are production built, single-family homes, which deliver zero-energy and zero-emission housing available to hundreds of home buyers every year in the Denver Metro area. Thrive’s decades-long vision was to optimize the health of the buyer. They did this by enhancing indoor air quality, comfort, and eliminating the home’s carbon…

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NANTES PUBLIC LIBRARY

Nantes Public Library, Gilcrest, Colorado | Nantes Public Library is a near passive house-compliant public building. The building design brought outstanding daylighting and comfort for occupants while delivering low utility bills [for the taxpayers of the district]. It has become the gem of the High Plains Library District. The project has merged people who had both conservative and progressive viewpoints to work together to create a building that is an example of being in ever greater harmony with Nature. Project…

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L’AVENIR TOWNHOMES

The L’Avenir Townhomes, Ft. Collins, Colorado | The L’Avenir townhomes, a 4-unit rowhome nestled next to Old Town Ft. Collins, Colorado, embodies a lifetime of design work and learning from the wife and husband team of Laurie and Bob Davis of Davis/Davis Architects. They deliver homes with an exceptionally light footprint on the Earth. Project Highlights Net zero-energy/zero-emissions  1-foot thick walls with extensive air-sealing, filled wall cavities, and exterior insulation Ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling with radiant delivery…

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GREENSPIRE APARTMENTS

The Greenspire Apartments, Longmont, Colorado | Greenspire is Colorado’s first Passive House inspired apartment building, providing 44 healthy, affordable studio apartments built with the heart-centered “why” of leaving the world a better place for future generations. Developer/Builder Gary Kinzie worked with Cody and Lisa Farmer of Mainstream Corporation to design a building that uses features like airtight construction and 30% more insulation than Code requires to optimize both regenerative performance and affordability. Cody and Lisa Farmer did the energy-efficiency analysis…

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CON FRANK / WES GEARY RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

The Con Frank / Wes Geary Residential Project, Aurora, Colorado | This residential home was built by Con Frank and during construction became highly appreciated by Wes Geary, who eventually became the inspired buyer. Con Frank is an inventive, self-taught designer and builder who needed to “prove it could be done.” Homeowner Wes Geary decided to invest in a new house out of a conviction that “some things are more important than money.” A shared belief in sustainability was the “why”…

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FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

First Universalist Church, Denver, Colorado | This community put their ‘why’ into action by honoring one of the central tenets of their faith —“respect the interdependent web of all existence” — with a large-scale renovation of their existing building. Using recycled and repurposed materials, spray-foam insulation, solar panels, and a geothermal heat system, the new worship sanctuary and event space were constructed to operate entirely on clean, renewable energy — with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Jessica Montgomerie, a staff member…

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