Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop #4

Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop #4: Workshop to be held in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood

May 23, 2011 – As part of the ongoing Green & Main educational efforts, the fourth workshop in a series of six will take place on Friday, June 3, 2011. The fourth workshop will cover plumbing, electrical, mechanical and alternative energy systems.

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

“A building envelope does not just consist of the walls, insulation and covering materials like lathe, plaster, siding and the like,” states Mr. Halfhill. “Keen attention needs to be paid to wiring, plumbing, ducting, vacuum systems, sustainably-modified waste removal and all such internal systems. Building these components into a renovated building plan requires attention to intricate details and a tremendous amount of building science knowledge. This class will address these crucial areas in renovation plans that lead to greater success and fewer road bumps by thinking about them ahead of time.”

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 (