Sustainable architecture takes a conscious approach to energy and conservation in designing buildings. We think it’s just a good idea.

Built Green Member – Board & Vellum Recognition

Built Green Member

Built Green practices are designed to provide homeowners with comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly homes that are cost-effective to own and operate. These resource-efficient homes are crafted to exceed building codes and provide homeowners with years of healthy, quality living, while protecting families and the precious Northwest environment. We’re proud to be a member, and we’re thrilled to announce that our Ballard Locks Residence has achieved a Certified Built Green 4-Star Rating.

Passive House

Board & Vellum is unique in that Jeff Pelletier is a Certified Passive House Consultant. This forward-thinking and science-based approach to sustainability is changing how the public thinks of sustainability and Board & Vellum is proud to be on the forefront. A passive house is an extremely energy-efficient home in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems. This unique approach to sustainability might come closest to the original intent of greening the built environment: maximize your gains, minimize your losses.

passive house certification


LEED Certified

Board & Vellum is not interested in a cosmetic “greenification” process. Our approach to sustainable design is science-based, and aims to achieve documentable results. We focus on what is appropriate for the location of your property, feasible for your budget, and how it will improve the quality of life of everyone who lives in the house. Our team consists of three LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable design and construction practices.

2014 Green Building Slam

The Northwest Eco Building Guild sponsors an annual Green Building Slam, and this year Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe was one of the projects that made the Short List of 10. Along with Jason Legat of Model Remodel, Jeff Pelletier presented the many sustainable facets of Ada’s to a sold-out crowd. We were definitely in good company!

Be sure to check out the full list of the ten preojects honored!

Green Building Slam

REX 2014 – Board & Vellum Recognition

2014 Green Remodeling Excellence Award

Here’s what the Master Builders Association had to say about Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe: “In addition to being a beautiful space, it is also a sustainable one. Salvage was integral to the design and created a tangible connection to the past. The crew salvaged all existing framing lumber for the point-of-sales shelving, bookshelves and cabinetry. A LA artist even used remaining lumber for an external hanging sculpture of the Space Needle. The paneled doors from the original space became a creative demarcation between the books and the café. The project also boasts LED lighting, an efficient heating system, low-flow plumbing, and a high waste-diversion rate.”