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BEN KELLEY, Principle

Ben, a second generation builder, is president of Building Shelter, Inc.  He combines high craft with building science for a home that will last generations.  Ben is a BPI Building Analyst, the first Certified Passive House Builder in Massachusetts, Certified Passive House Consultant, Home Energy Rater (HERS) trained and NAHB Certified Green Professional.   Bringing Building Science knowledge to your home can make your home safer, more comfortable, healthier and can reduce maintenance and operating costs.  A major benefit of a home that is good for you is that it is also good for our natural environment.  


What You Get

Reliability, Communication, Knowledge, Accountability, Experience, Durability, Health, Safety, Environmental Stewardship, Commitment and Service.  We stand behind our products and services because we build with experience and building knowledge.  Our Primary Interest is your satisfaction and beautiful home. Visit our customer testimonials.

Better Home, Better Life

We are High Performance home builders on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.  A "High Performance"is a home that is durable, safe, healthy, efficient and beautiful.  Today’s homes require a knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals.    Our knowledge and experience make it possible for us to deliver you the beauty, comfort, safety and performance you expect for your home - as one of our client’s said, “they exceeded our expectations.”  

Rethink.  Build.  Renew. 

If you have a home that needs improvement or if you need to start fresh, we can help.  We'll navigate the building process with you, bring an experienced design team to your project and an experienced, service oriented build team to create or recreate your home.  

My Promise

Building or remodeling a new home is an investment and can be an intimidating proposition.  I am committed to your investment being protected by the employment of durable construction methods, built with a team of knowledgeable professionals and that you receive responsive service after the completion of your project.  



Company President, Ben Kelley, comes from a long line of tradesmen and successful business owners. He began construction with his father in Washington State and during some summers he worked at his grandfather’s heavy equipment shop in California. Arriving on Martha’s Vineyard after extensive travel in 1996 he resumed carpentry and continues to develop his trade through the company he founded, Building Shelter, Inc. Building Shelter, Inc. has been serving Martha’s Vineyard home owners with a deep commitment to craftsmanship, durable details and to the success of our clients' projects.


MISSION & Commitment

To design and build beautiful, durable, safe, healthy homes that benefit our clients and our environment.   To provide long term support for our clients and the projects we make for them.  To create spaces from yoga studios to new homes that inspire and nurture our clients, their family and friends.


Building homes that inspire and last

As in any field or career things change rapidly.  The same with building.  Building Science is the study of why buildings succeed or fail.  Succeed doesn’t mean they stay up and keep the rain off of your head, that is a low threshold.  It means they function well-  what causes drafts, what causes condensation on windows, how to reduce and simplify a home’s expensive mechanical systems, what materials to use that will not encapsulate you in a toxic environment, how to build with durable details. Practically anyone can get a construction supervisor’s license and call himself a builder without prior experience.  And contractors who have been building for 30 years, without understanding building science, can have a long track record of standing houses that are built poorly.  We follow the science so that you can live more comfortably, with less anxiety, and healthier.

If you are chemically sensitive or live with mold we can work with you to build a home that can support your health, not worsen it.  If you live with drafts, cold spots, cold feet we can build you a home that has lasting comfort.  Do you have unreasonable heating bills or a mechanical system that operates all the time?  We can build you a home that reduces the cost to own and operate it.  We can consult with you, design and build you a home that is in your budget, comfortable, durable and beautiful.  Our homes are better for you.