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Building green is complex, but it can also be approachable.

Understanding each project’s needs is critical for success. Eco-conscious design is not one-size-fits-all.

Sustainable design is more than fulfilling the requirements of a checklist — although the metrics of certification programs can often be a helpful guide, even if you don’t intend to certify your project.

We focus on what is appropriate for the specifics of your property, feasible for your budget, and how it will improve the quality of life of everyone who inhabits the space.

If you’re looking to serve as an example for your community, receive incentives from your project’s jurisdiction, increase your marketing potential, or simply track how far your project pushes the envelope toward the leading edge, a green building certification could be a worthwhile endeavor.

Understanding your project’s specific needs is critical for certification success. Are you aiming for Net Zero energy? A super low carbon footprint? An ecologically restored site? A variety of certifications are available to help us track how well your project meets these goals and more.

Our team has accreditations and experience in a variety of green building certifications, including LEED, Passive House, Built Green, and the Living Building Challenge. We use this knowledge in all our projects, but if you are interested in certification, we can help you figure out which certification makes the most sense for your project and help you achieve your goals.

AIA 2030 Commitment

AIA 2030 Commitment

Board & Vellum is an AIA 2030 Commitment signatory because we understand that the impact we have as AEC professionals is immense.

LEED Certified

LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Our team includes many LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable practices across disciplines and sectors.

Living Building Challenge

Living Building Challenge

We have multiple team members with experience on Living Building or other ILFI-certified projects, the most rigorous green building certification in the world.

Certified Passive House Consultant

Certified Passive House Consultant

Board & Vellum Managing Principal, Jeff Pelletier, was one of the first Certified Passive House Consultants in the state, and a growing number of our team members are also certified.

Built Green Member

Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties

Board & Vellum is a proud member of Built Green, and our team is thrilled to have collaborated on dozens of Built Green projects in the Pacific Northwest.

We are in this together.

Our goal is to be a vital member of the community actively leading the charge. As we’ve pushed ahead, we’re honored by the recognition we’ve received as we reach for new goals.

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards: Board & Vellum honored as

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2019

We are thrilled to report that Board & Vellum has been honored by BUILD magazine as the Architecture & Interior Design Firm of the Year for the state of Washington for the BUILD Sustainable Building Awards. In the words of BUILD, the merit-based Sustainable Building Awards “reward the work done within the vast green building […]

Built Green Certified: 4-Star Rating

Built Green Certified 4-Star Rating for Ballard Locks Residence

Our Ballard Locks Residence is now Built Green Certified with a 4-Star rating. Many thanks to wonderful clients and the construction team at Hammer & Hand!

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties: 2014 Green Remodeling Excellence Award

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins 2014 REX Award

Board & Vellum’s Ada’s Technical Books & Café project is honored with a Green Remodeling Excellence (REX) award in 2014.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

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Board & Vellum receives Just label from the International Living Future Institute, a voluntary reporting tool for social justice and equity indicators in the workplace.

Achieved a Just label from the International Living Future Institute in 2023.

Board & Vellum is honored to be a Gray Awards Finalist for landscape design, earning the recognition for the rooftop garden at the Lucille on Roosevelt.

Honored as a finalist for residential landscape design.

LEED Certified in White

Our team includes LEED-accredited professionals.

Certified Passive House Consultant in White

Our team includes certified Passive House consultants.

NGLCC Certified as LGBT Business Enterprise – Board & Vellum Recognition

A Certified LGBT Business Enterprise Since 2016.

PSBJ’s Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses 2016 in White

Honoring companies that lead in promoting equality.