Category Archives: Going Green

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam – Board & Vellum
Ten presenters, 10 slides, 10 minutes each. Join Board & Vellum for a fast-paced, fun event to learn about some exciting new eco-friendly design projects in the Northwest when the annual Green Building Slam returns on Friday, November 4.

Eco Building Guild’s Green Slam Event

Eco Building Guild's Green Slam Event: Zack Semke & Jeff Pelletier, Representing Hammer & Hand and Board & Vellum - Cropped for Featured Image
For the second year in a row, a Board & Vellum project was selected for the annual Green Slam Event, organized by the Northwest Eco Building Guild. This time, we teamed up with Hammer & Hand to brag about our great clients and their quest for a more sustainable lifestyle in their remodeled Ballard Locks Residence.

Eco Building Guild 2015 Green Building Slam

Eco Building Guild 2015 Green Building Slam: Ballard Locks Residence at the Green Building Slam - Cropped for Featured Image
Mark your calendars: the Eco Building Guild's Green Building Slam is on the horizon! Board & Vellum is proud to be an Earth Partner sponsor of the event, and we’ll be teaming up with Hammer & Hand to present our Ballard Locks Residence, which achieved a 4-Star Built Green rating earlier this year.

B&V’s First Built Green Certified Project

Great news! It’s been a long process, but we just received confirmation that our Ballard Locks Residence, built by Hammer & Hand, has qualified for a 4-Star Rating in the Built Green program! Built Green practices are designed to provide homeowners with comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly homes that are cost-effective to own and operate. Cheers!

To Buy or Not to Buy those LED Bulbs

Are you still hoarding a few old incandescent bulbs thinking it will save you money to just use what you've already purchased? It won't! But why? Let us lay it all out for you, and show you why it's time to bite the bullet and move to new solutions, like the LED.

Earth Day Sustainability Slam

The AIA Committee on the Environment is hosting a Sustainability Slam and you’re invited! Board & Vellum is once again teaming up with Model Remodel to present Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe, and we'd love to see you there!

B&V Slams with NW EcoBuilding Guild

They call it a slam, but it’s not a competition. It’s a celebration of green building in the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday evening at Kane Hall on the UW campus, 10 thoughtful green projects were presented slam-style to an audience of supporters and peers, curated and sponsored by the Northwest Eco Building Guild. Projects ranging […]

Ten Projects. Ten Slides. Ten Minutes.

The Northwest Eco Building Guild is once again sponsoring it’s Green Building Slam and Board & Vellum is presenting! We’re partnering with Model Remodel to present our ten minute dissertation on why Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe is so very cool… and green! The focus is local, sustainable building projects, and Ada’s couldn’t be a […]

The Bertschi School Field Trip

                                                                   Photo Courtesy of the Bertschi School and The Collins Group Last week we were fortunate to be invited to tour Capitol Hill’s […]

Almost “Passively” Green

We don’t love the green building buzz words around here. It can all sound so false, like you are just trying to fit into the current trends using the correct talking points. When green building became trendy, everyone was using it as a selling point. Just because you put some recycled materials into an otherwise […]

To Certify or Not to Certify: Is it a Question?

There are enough green certifications out there to make your head spin: LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Earth Advantage, Built Green, Energy Star, Built Smart….the list goes on. WHAT does it mean when a project is certified? And WHY would you want to certify your project, or purchase a building that is certified?          […]

What is Passive House?

The chilly weather and a recent meeting at the über green Bullitt Center (“the greenest commercial building in the world”) have me thinking about Passive House. Last fall, I attended a Passive House class through the Seattle AIA. The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is a non-profit organization that verifies and approves super efficient buildings (not just houses)-meaning a building […]