Green & Main Developer Chaden Halfhill to Present at National Conference

February 28, 2011 – Local developer Chaden Halfhill will be presenting Indigo Dawn, LLC’s Green & Main initiative on a national stage Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Halfhill will have the opportunity to represent the Des Moines building community and share his experience on the development of what is planned to be the first platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) mixed-use masonry building in Iowa. His presentation is titled ‘Integrating Efficiencies into a Historic Mixed-Use Masonry Building as a Case Study for Applied Best Practices.’

The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference brings leaders of the residential building community together for three days of sessions and networking in Wisconsin Dells, WI. This year’s conference theme is Learn – Network – Unite and will connect technical strategies for building and remodeling homes to be energy efficient with business strategies for growing a business. The conference brings together a vast array of 60 speakers and 70 conference sessions to bring industry experts the tools they need to thrive in a changing climate where energy efficient and net-zero energy homes are the norm.

Halfhill’s presentation gives attendees the chance to learn about the design process and decisions made to achieve stout goals for this case study. The presentation provides a comprehensive overview of integrating high-performance best practices, while offering a glimpse at business strategies that might help others accomplish similar application in their markets, leading the way towards energy independence.

Thursday’s presentation is one of many opportunities to learn about this unique LEED project happening in the heart of Iowa. A six-part workshop series, co-sponsored by Indigo Dawn and Center on Sustainable Communities, is planned throughout 2011 to educate those interested in preserving similar main street buildings across Iowa. The next workshop will be held Friday, March 11, 2011 at The Wallace House in Des Moines. The workshop will focus on planning and design, historic preservation considerations, bank lending, federal and state grants, and state historic tax credits. A full listing of events for the Green & Main initiative can be found at

More information on Better Buildings: Better Business Conference can be found here. For questions about the Green & Main Pilot Project please visit