Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop #3

Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop #3: Workshop to be held in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood

April 29, 2011 – As part of the ongoing Green & Main educational efforts, the third workshop in a series of six will take place on Friday, May 6, 2011. The third workshop will cover Foundations, Framing and Roofing as well as Radon, Lead and Asbestos. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component of the series.

Chaden Halfhill, developer of the Green & Main initiative, will contribute to the workshop.

“When we are talking about asbestos, lead and radon,” states Mr. Halfhill, “we are talking about the big three environmental concerns of existing buildings in Iowa. In greening existing buildings, developers, designers and remodelers need to know how to address these environmental dangers. One aspect of this class will reference how to mitigate these hazards and create a healthier building for occupant safety.”

The series presents the opportunity to learn more about the renovation of the historic H & H Grocery Store in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. This renovation—the Green & Main Pilot Project—is remodeling a mixed-use masonry building built in 1933 according to USGBC LEED Platinum certification guidelines, including sustainable improvements in storm water management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and historic preservation.

Friday’s class will take place between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Wallace Centers of Iowa located at 756 16th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50314. The cost for the workshop is $20 for COSC members and $35 for non-members. Lunch is included. Register online at or call Carrie Boyle at 515-707-2784 (