What We Build
We make sustainable custom buildings and other structures that enhance people’s lives and help preserve the natural environment. When approaching residential, commercial or public projects, their beauty, health, comfort, energy efficiency and “seventh generation” durability are the pillars upon which we build. In our 40+ year history, we have designed, engineered and constructed over 1,000 structures of every size and for every budget. Known for reviving timber framing in America, as well as for our high-performance building envelopes, Bensonwood’s innovative solutions to building problems have attracted the attention and collaboration of some of America’s leading architects, as well as MIT, Unity College, and HUD’s PATH initiative.
When you begin a project with Bensonwood, you have access to our team of designers, architects, and project managers, who will use their years of industry experience to shepherd your project from initial conception through construction. Your project manager and project job captain will oversee your project both in our shops and on-site, leading to a smooth, rapid construction schedule.
How We Build
“Working with Tedd Benson and his staff, we’ve been able to design and make a barn out of new wood that’s been made to look and feel old, a functional space that evokes not only the ancient barns of New England but its spiritual spaces as well.” – Filmmaker Ken Burns
Over our long history we have worked with many of America’s most renowned architects and welcome the chance to collaborate on high-performance residential, commercial and institutional projects to help your clients achieve ENERGY STAR, LEED, Net Zero Energy or Passive House energy performance goals.
Bensonwood is acknowledged as a premier designer-builder of energy-efficient timber frame, hybrid and other high-performance homes and commercial buildings. Our mission is to find better ways to build, while consistently improving people’s lives.
News & Blogs
The Building Cycle is Bensonwood’s blog and main source of project updates and company news. Also check out Bensonwood founder Tedd Benson’s blog on sustainable, high-performance building, The New House Rules.
Those of us living in the teeth-chattering deepfreeze of the northern tiers (and in houses built not that long ago) can only dream of living in the high performance houses of today. When the outside temperatures seem to tunnel through the walls and into one’s hands and feet despite the furnace running continuously, and aRead the full article…
One of the first decisions many new home buyers face involves whether to begin with a single-story or two-story space plan. Ultimately, how does one choose one over the other? While there are conflicting—and often very personal—opinions on this subject, depending on your home site and personal circumstances there can be certain advantages and limitationsRead the full article…
In the growing movement towards green schools as transformational hubs of their communities, Bensonwood is finding its montage building science and innovative materials use increasingly in demand. As a recent example, the Common Ground School—a high school, urban farm, and environmental center in New Haven, Connecticut (and Americas longest-running environmental charter school) has just awardedRead the full article…
Q: Rheannon, you were one of 18 young professionals recently chosen by Business Monadnock, the Keene Sentinel, and the Keene Young Professionals Network for their annual “Trendsetters Awards”: the honor awarded to individuals who “contributed to the region’s economy and vitality.” You also just received your Passive House certification. Starting with the “Trendsetters” award; howRead the full article…