green building services

Chuckanut Builders is a general contractor that specializes in green building; making homes more durable, healthy, efficient, and comfortable.

integrated design integrated design

The simplest way to explain our approach to design is this: we help you find the right people early on and they stay with you throughout the project. We do this by using an integrated design process.   Integrated design means that the general contractor, interior designer, and architect or building designer are involved from the […]

green building green building

The focus of our work is major residential remodels, tenant improvement projects and custom new homes in Bellingham’s core neighborhoods.  Because we’re green builders, we are selective about the materials we source and all of our projects include high performance building techniques. Many of our clients also love that we use an online project management system to […]

building performance building performance

As green builders and building performance nerds we are constantly pushing the bar. We do this because high performance buildings are more comfortable, durable, efficient and healthy; and these are qualities that our clients want in their homes.  A few components of high performance green buildings include: adequate insulation, air sealing, ventilation, rain screen details and a durable […]

recent news

3 Oms Open House

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Current projects

The new 3 Oms Yoga Studio is complete and it’s such a sweet space. This week they are hosting open houses Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop in and marvel at the news space! 3 Oms will be transitioning all of their classes to the new studio over Memorial […]

Bright Green Tour

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Community Events

We’re super excited about co-hosting the Bright Green Tour with Sustainable Connections, [bundle] design studio, Mike Smith and Molly Maguire Landscape Architecture on June 1st. The Bright Green project is a super green infill project, boasting exterior cork insulation, Cascadia super high performance locally produced windows and a cutting edge heating system from Northwest Energy Systems. This project highlights the […]

Cork insulation and thermal bridging

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Energy efficiency and green building

We had our first ever semi-trailer load of cork insulation delivered to a jobsite this spring. A full sized semi-trailer full of cork insulation is alot of insulation. Building performance is a regular topic of conversation at ChuB headquarters, but lately the conversation has largely about the 3″ of cork insulation we’re adding to a new build on […]



what people are saying

See what clients, subcontractors, designers and architects are saying about Chuckanut Builders.

Our vision meshed well with the Chuckanut philosophy in energy efficiency, using local vendors and materials, as well as in reuse and resourcing of materials. We appreciate the high level of craftsmanship in the vendors and subcontractors, with some amazingly able workers who seem to enjoy what they do. Chuckanut handled costs and changes transparently, with great communication throughout the process.

- Hank Kastner

Thank you for the tender care given to our “big blue house.” Mike gave even the tiniest details his full attention. Your crew provided such high quality workmanship keeping the character of our turn-of-the-century building. Thank you!

- Carla Hasche, Executive Director of the Whatcom Center for Early Learning

You have lead a great team of people to complete the project and we have enjoyed our opportunity to meet so many wonderful members of our community.

- Carol and David Smith