Heart Of A Building Launches First Feature Documentary!

OCTOBER 1st, 2020 | Heart Of A Building premiered its first video documentary in a well attended virtual launch party hosted by Executive Producer, Paul Kriescher. The 60-minute documentary shares the stories of builders, designers, architects, engineers, and consumers in Denver, Colorado. These visionaries went to extra lengths to design, finance, and construct sustainable, environmentally sound commercial and residential buildings. The event asked viewers to think about an important question — “What is YOUR why?” The launch event included a panel of presenters who were involved in the featured building projects. Panelists discussed their heart-centered reasons for adopting energy-efficient building practices and participated in a Q&A session about technical components of the building projects. Participating in the panel along with Paul Kriescher were Brian Dunbar (Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment and Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University), Cody and Lisa Farmer (Mainstream Corporation), Gary Kinzie (Developer/Builder), Con Frank (Designer/Builder), John Bringenberg (Petros Pace Finance), and Milt Hetrick (Retired Engineer).

The premiere video featured stories of three innovative building projects.

The First Universalist Church of Denver put its “why” into action by honoring one of the central tenets of its faith with a large-scale renovation of its existing building. Panelists John Bringenberg and Milt Hetrick are members of First Universalist who made sure the new building included solar and geothermal heat pump systems.

The Greenspire Apartments provides affordable housing that was built with the heart-centered “why” of leaving the world a better place for future generations. Panelists Gary Kinzie and Cody and Lisa Farmer worked to put the 44-unit apartment building project on the path toward Passive House Certification.

The Con Frank / Wes Geary project is a residential home built by panelist Con Frank.  Homeowner Wes Geary’s “why” was a belief that “some things are more important than money.”  The featured documentary and technical videos about components of the building process are available on the Heart of a Building website and on YouTube. And don’t forget to share the documentary with colleagues and others in your community who are interested in constructing sustainable, environmentally sound buildings. Heart of a Building will offer future webinars, workshops, CEU training sessions, and other events about the technical work involved in regenerative building construction. Interested in being notified about future events? Or would you like to propose a project for a future Heart of a Building video story? Contact Paul at PaulK@heartofabuilding.com.