JRA Green Building, Inc.

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.


JRA’s Guiding Principles

  • Build like you give a damn.
  • Consult and design solutions as if your own child is the main benefactor of all your work.
  • Engage in an integrated design process that honors and benefits the client, occupant, subcontractor, vendor, and JRA.
  • Co-create a fun-loving, healthy work and living environment.

Bring us your dreams, needs, and challenges, and let us commit our know-how, talent, and dedication to you.


James Ray Arnold

251032_524001040948125_242861902_nOur 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.