LEED-Certfied Construction

The Industry’s Most Stringent Third-Party Certification

When Tom Kinsella was preparing to build the first LEED-certified home in St. Clair County, he discovered that 85% of the requirements were techniques his father had taught him and that he had been using in home construction for 40 years.

  • Use premium materials.
  • Don’t waste anything.
  • Build it right. Build it to last.
  • Build it tight. Insulate it right.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote sustainable building practices.

The following are some of the highlights of the St. Clair County LEED-certified home:

  • Sustainable, long-lasting, affordable exterior materials

    • Rubber on flat roof
    • Pre-finished metal on sloped roofs
    • Back-primed cedar lap siding
  • Rain barrel and water garden to conserve water
  • Hard surface flooring (tile and bamboo)
  • Low-flow faucets
  • Compact fluorescent and LED lights
  • Energy Star appliances


Green Building with Joe Kinsella & Son

If you plan to build a high-performance home, Tom Kinsella can help you get started. He can show you how to orient your home on the lot for best passive solar collection and how to implement low-impact development practices, such as managing storm water on site. Tom can also advise you on the use of sustainable building materials and landscaping using native plants and rain gardens.

Once you have made your lot plans, Tom will lay out your options regarding framing, sealing and insulating your home. He will also show you how to use sustainable building materials as well as eco-freindly paints and adhesives.

Finally, Tom will advise you on your choices for high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, tankless hot water heaters and low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as solar collectors and solar hot water heaters.

Joe Kinsella & Son | 618-656-8243 | tom@joekinseallandson.com