Yearly Archives: 2016

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When the Bell Tolls: Building a Sustainable Future

By Rick Reynolds When the comedian and talk show entertainer, David Letterman, retired after 33 seasons, he had time to think about more serious issues. Following a visit to India, where he said he was greeted by a smell he likened to burning furniture—an odor that never left him—Letterman was faced with a nagging question: [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Why Wood is So Good: Part 3

Restorative Environments: The Impact of Wood on Well-Being By Rick Reynolds The built environment we inhabit can have an enormous impact on our lives, affecting us both physically and psychologically. Along with concerns for the environment and personal health, a movement is underway to better understand these effects. And with increased interest in healthy homes [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

2016 Fundraiser Raises Record Amount for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf

Shattering last year’s fundraiser totals, the 2016 Harvest Hoedown event, organized by the Bensonwood Events Committee and supported by a large group of community businesses in and around the Walpole area, will provide much needed support to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.   Donations raised at the event exceeded last year’s total by 15%, reaching [...]

2017-02-16T14:17:15+00:00 September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

SuperStudents: Academically Empowered by Green Schools

By Rick Reynolds. How could it be that school buildings can teach in ways teachers cannot? After all, how could an inanimate structure create an environment of creativity and learning that can enhance—even transcend—the dynamic human-to-human interaction between teacher and student? It may seem implausible, but a movement is well underway to educate a new [...]

2017-02-16T14:18:02+00:00 September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Designing Homes for the Airbnb Age

By Rick Reynolds. For some time now the market has been shifting towards both an “experience economy” and a “shared economy.” Essentially two sides of the same coin, these economies are driven by the ascending generation of American consumers, the Millennials—those born between 1982 and 1994, reaching young adulthood around the year 2000, notably the [...]

2017-02-16T14:18:25+00:00 September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Why Venting Is Good for Your Health

By Rick Reynolds. No, this is not about cooling your jets by blowing off steam. This is, however, about being bottled up inside, at least when it comes to our indoor air. In short, this post is about ventilation science for health and comfort, especially as it pertains to the tight, energy-efficient homes being built [...]

2017-02-16T14:18:56+00:00 September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Why Wood is So Good: Part 1

Part One—Wood is Nature’s Gift By Rick Reynolds If wood didn’t “grow on trees,” so to speak, we would have had to invent it. The material is truly a stroke of genius, compliments of Mother Nature. As an all-natural product, wood is multi-layered, which gives it great tensile strength: its cellulose is bound by a [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

A Chance to Connect: Part 2

A Chance to Connect The UMASS Mass Timber “Integrated Design Building” Project Part 2 By Rick Reynolds The new mass timber Integrated Design Building under construction at UMass represents more to the University and the greater community it serves than meets the eye. As the first mass timber structure of its size and scale in [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Why Wood is So Good: Part 2

Part 2—Engineered Wood: The World’s Most Advanced Building Material By  Rick Reynolds and Paul van Winkle  While it’s difficult to improve on Mother Nature, progressive architects, engineers, builders, and manufacturers are introducing more and more advanced manufactured wood products into the built environment. From cross laminated timbers (CLTs), to glulam lumber and heavy timbers, to [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

A Chance to Connect: Part 1

The UMASS Mass Timber “Integrated Design Building” Project  By Rick Reynolds  The University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a public research university in Amherst, MA, the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. As part of its aggressive carbon sequestration goals, UMass also has a keen interest in keeping the sustainable forestry industry healthy. With its [...]

2016-07-25T11:34:29+00:00 July 8th, 2016|0 Comments