California building goes LEED with a Des Moines connection
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:49 PM
Chris Draper likes to see a sustainability plan fall into place, even if the Des Moines businessman doesn't have a direct hand in it. Draper is CEO of Meidh Corp., which helps businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and, in some cases, obtain certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Last year, he helped a southwest Iowa farmer and cattle rancher establish conservation practices on 3,000 acres that could be offered for sale to building owners seeking LEED certification. The building owners invest in the conservation practices and receive credits for their buildings. Draper just received word that the landowner, Seth Watkins of Clarinda, helped the owners of a Los Angeles skyscraper achieve top-level LEED Platinum certification. Draper said his company has helped building owners obtain two LEED Gold and one LEED Silver under the land credit program. He was quick to point out that Meidh was not involved in the most recent project. Click here to read more about the land credit program at BusinessRecord.com.