Hugging trees is so 1970.

There was a time when smoke and sludge spewed without fear of environmental or legal consequences, and air pollution wasn’t anything less than the oxygen we were breathing in. Americans were uninformed, uneducated and more concerned about the Beatles breaking up than anything else. The year was 1970, and thanks to then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a global movement for environmental awareness and protection was initiated. On April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day was founded.

So, where does Hutton Construction fit into all of this? With LEED certified buildings, that’s where.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and was established in 2000. The USGBC’s vision is for buildings and communities to regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

The LEED rating system has five building levels based on a 100-point scale. Point prerequisites are considered with environmental impacts and human benefits of the building-related impacts:

Certified: 40-49 points | Silver: 50-59 points | Gold: 60-79 points | Platinum: 80+ points

This rating system is a design tool rather than a performance-measurement tool, and is intended to encourage environments for an eco-friendly future. LEED Certification is the premier mark of achievement in green building, recognizing best-in-class building strategies and practices.

In case you were wondering, a LEED certified building can achieve benefits such as reducing operating costs, increasing asset value, sustaining energy, water and other resources, and providing occupants with a safer and healthier environment.

Hugging trees may be a fad from the flower power era, but defining new innovative building standards for high-performance structures is a trend that will benefit Mother Nature for a lifetime.

We have had the opportunity to build two LEED certified buildings, pictured below, and have two more currently under construction. Several other Hutton-built structures have met LEED design specifications, creating a viable environment for anyone within its enclosure.

Hutton Construction is proud to support the movement for environmental protection and awareness, and will continue working to improve atmospheric quality, one structure at a time.

Kansas State University Justin Hall
  |  LEED Gold Certification













USD 487 Herington Elementary School  |  LEED Silver Certification




















Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *