JRA Green Building is a family-owned construction and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Forged out of
two generations of building and remodeling, and rooted in the Living Building Challenge principles, JRA stands for superior performance, quality, and craftsmanship in the built environment.
Bring us your dreams, needs, and challenges, and let us commit our know-how, talent, and dedication
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.