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Our building green portfolio projects.

New
A Sustainability-Minded DADU with a View

Net Carbon DADU

Guided by sustainable principles and environmentally-conscious practices from the foundation to the finishes, this DADU is estimated to be carbon negative.

Net Positive Custom Home – Board & Vellum
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A Brand New Home Designed to Give Back

Net Positive Custom Home

Built to last, this custom home looks to the future with passive and mechanical sustainable measures, minimal environmental impact, and aging-in-place strategies.

Selah Vista Homes – Board & Vellum
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A Sustainable Community in Eastern Washington

Selah Vista Homes

This new residential development on a 16.7-acre site outside of Yakima, Washington, is over composed of 60 net zero energy homes and shared community spaces.

Bainbridge Straw Bale – Board & Vellum
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A Net Zero Water Home Built on a Budget

Bainbridge Straw Bale

Built with locally-sourced materials and straw bale construction, this cabin is one of Washington’s first legally-permitted Net Zero Water homes.

Crescent Creek House – Board & Vellum
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Building Green to Age in Place

Crescent Creek House

An architect’s own remodel sets an example for energy and food resilience, as well as co-housing and aging-in-place.

Rainier View Homes – Board & Vellum
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King County’s First Cottage Development

Rainier View Homes

A community of 4-Star Built Green cottage homes designed with the county’s Cottage Code, enabling double residential density around a village green.

Our building green posts.

Building Green

The Wonders of Cork as a Sustainable Material

Would it surprise you to learn that cork is a beautiful, sustainable material with many applications as an interior and exterior finish? This spring, Terry Phelan had the opportunity to witness a cork oak harvest firsthand and now shares the wonders of this product with you!

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Building Green

The Inherent Sustainability of Small Dwellings

In the ever-evolving world of sustainable design, finding sustainable ways to live and build can seem like a complicated puzzle to solve. But what if there were an easy way to lower your impact? Turns out, living in a sustainable home may be simpler than you realize — just think small!

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Building Green

Sustainability in Buildings: High-Tech or Low-Tech

If you have sustainability goals for your project, it may be difficult to know whether low-tech, passive strategies are the way to go, or if high-tech solutions are going to better meet your goals. Here, we’ll walk you through when to crunch numbers and when to just follow your gut.

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Building Green

What Kind of Sustainable Home is Most “You”?

Sustainable homes come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re thinking of upgrading your home with more sustainable options or are building a new home altogether, it’s worth considering your sustainability priorities and what type of sustainable home will best meet them. So, what kind of sustainable home best suits you?

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Building Green, Civic, Landscape Architecture

Sustainability in Park Design

In the Pacific Northwest, the heat is literally on. Last summer, we experienced record-breaking heat in Seattle and, in Washington State, we recently adopted the Climate Commitment Act that requires a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution to net zero by 2050. Can investing in sustainable park infrastructure help us meet those goals?

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Building Green, News

Living Shelter Architects and Board & Vellum Join Forces

We’ve been keeping a secret, but it’s for a good reason, and we’re pleased to finally get to share! We’ve always been dedicated to bringing our clients the best we have to offer in our services, approach, and design philosophy. Now with Living Shelter Architects joining the team, we’re excited to be able to provide even more to our community.

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Our building green recognition stories.

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards: Board & Vellum honored as

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2019

We’re honored that BUILD magazine has named us the "Architecture & Interior Design Firm of the Year" in Washington state in their Sustainable Building Awards, 2019.

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 team at Hammer & Hand!

2014 Green Building Slam

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Featured at the 2014 Green Building Slam

At the 2014 Green Building Slam, Board & Vellum presented Ada's Technical Books & Café, featured as one of 10 projects honored.

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 is honored with a Green Remodeling Excellence (REX) award in 2014.

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Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

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