Going Green


The Halifax Education Foundation’s American Tobacco Warehouse was a historically significant, abandoned, downtown building in South Boston, Virginia. 

The Owner decided to save the 43,000 square foot building and renovate it into an educational facility.  They also decided to pursue LEED certification to benefit the building users, local economy and environment..  (Learn more about LEED:  www.usgbc.org )

J. E. Burton was selected the project’s General Contractor and charged with renovating the building and managing the construction related LEED initiatives.  They teamed with Matt Leonard, one of Halifax County’s first LEED Green Associate

Together, they managed sustainable construction goals aimed at:

  • Waste Management
  • Materials Reuse
  • Recycled Content
  • Regional Materials
  • Certified Wood Products
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Low-Emitting Adhesives & Sealants
  • Low-Emitting Paints & Coatings
  • Low-Emitting Carpet Systems
  • Low-Emitting Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products