About JRA Green Building

We work with clients in every phase of the process–from workshopping their very earliest dreams and ideas, to providing design and sustainability mentorship that makes projects safer, healthier and better of the world; to custom, craft-lead building and construction-management incorporating one of a kind features and uniquely tailored energy and materials solutions. Our holistic, hands-on process achieves unparalleled quality and creates homes and spaces that are deeply meaningful to their owners, creators and the communities they occupy.

Our founder

Our founder, James Ray Arnold (JRA), has grown this business from modest beginnings of operating out of a 300sf apartment with a consumer credit card to one of the most cutting edge building outfits in the NW. Having grown up in the trades, James knows all aspects of his business from concrete form work up to complete custom homes and commercial tenant improvements. James has been a fundamental regional partner in implementing the International Living Future’s Institute Living Building Challenge, which provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. James is also a Certified Passive House Consultant (CHPC), a certification program that represents one of the highest energy standards available for buildings today, with the promise of reducing heating energy consumption by up to 90%. And this is just scratching the surface, don’t get him started on metaphysics, futsal, Spanish tapas, or artisan beers.