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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

Tedd Benson Receives Granite State Award

Speaks at 2016 Keene State College Graduation Ceremony  By Rick Reynolds Speaking at the 2016 Keene State College graduation ceremony, Tedd Benson graciously received the Granite State Award, expressing his gratitude to all who nominated him. The Granite State Award is conferred on leaders whose contributions to New Hampshire merit special commendation. Nominees were selected [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

2016 Bensonwood Prouty Team! (UPDATE)

Post-2016 Prouty Update! (7/12/16) Despite the dreary weather the 2016 Prouty was a huge success! The Beam Team comprised of 58 members this year, both bikers and walkers. Our photos above and below capture perfectly that, although our skins were damp, our spirits were high! We are proud to announce that the Beam Team [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

In One Era and Out the Other

Timber Frame Builder Brand New after Four Decades By Rick Reynolds It has been said that life begins at 40, and in many ways, Bensonwood, a builder of sustainable houses and public buildings, exemplifies that maxim. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Tedd Benson and his colleagues at Bensonwood were critical leaders in [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Comments Off on In One Era and Out the Other

Appraising Appraisals: Show Us the Green in Green Homes!

by Rick Reynolds A big conundrum for many environmentally conscientious people intent on building a new home today lies in aligning their values with the financing process. Unfortunately, the construction of renewable energy-reliant, high performance homes is frequently hampered by the inconsistent and archaic appraisal methodologies. Too often, inexperienced appraisers are left with insufficient data [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Appraising Appraisals: Show Us the Green in Green Homes!

Just Window Shopping Part 1

Part 1: Residential Window Science Made Easy By Rick Reynolds Window performance can be a complex subject filled with arcane data, impossible formulas, and myriad applications. To further complicate things, there are many types of windows, from casement, to awning, to hopper, to double and single-hung, to sliders, each with its own architectural, functional, and [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Just Window Shopping Part 1