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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

Home Energy: Shall We Get It From Heaven or Hell?

By Rick Reynolds If you agree with the vast majority of scientists who assert that human activity in the form of carbon emissions is the primary culprit causing climate change, then it follows that most of our future energy will need to come from heaven, not hell—this according to green building proponent, Tedd Benson, who spoke [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Home Energy: Shall We Get It From Heaven or Hell?

The Endless Summer (or why I need a high-performance building envelope)

by Rick Reynolds 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 [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on The Endless Summer (or why I need a high-performance building envelope)

1st evoDOMUS – Bensonwood Project Underway

Architect's Rendering by Alexander Kolbe by Rick Reynolds When husband and wife architects Alexander and Michelle Kolbe, co-founders of evoDOMUS, a Cleveland-based firm, wanted to design and build high-quality, sustainable homes in the U.S., they went looking for a manufacturing partner who could match the quality of homes they built in Alexander’s native [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 January 7th, 2015|5 Comments

Texas Prefab Lake House

by Rick Reynolds An admitted This Old House fanatic, Matt Risinger had grown up watching the PBS television series when, in 1989, a program aired that would change his life. The Wickwire Barn Series—the second time Bensonwood had appeared on the long running home improvement program— featured Tedd Benson and an old barn being converted [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Project Update: Sustainable Family Lake House

by Rick Reynolds This energy-efficient lakeside home is designed for an extended family which has been vacationing in New England for generations. The home combines the rustic charm of a New Hampshire cottage with cutting-edge building technology and sustainability. At around 3100 sf, the design requirements were to blend in with the existing Lake House [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 6th, 2015|2 Comments

Featured Project: A High-Performance Vermont Farmhouse

An Interview with Bensonwood Client Stephen Ferber by Rick Reynolds Moving from a cherished mid-nineteenth century farmhouse, why did you decide to build new? For the past 37 years my wife and I had been living in a 150-year-old Greek revival farmhouse on 40 acres. Retired now and in my mid-sixties, I wanted to downsize [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 December 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Customized Unity Xyla 212 Sits Softly on the Land

Artist's rendering of our standard Unity Homes Xyla 212. by Rick Reynolds Dan Farrell and Melora Kennedy have long been interested in nature conservation. So when they wanted to build a healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient home — close enough to town that he could walk or bicycle to work—a friend, builder and energy consultant, Mark [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Unity Homes Style: The Versatile Värm Series

by Rick Reynolds All Unity Homes have been optimized for health, comfort, energy efficiency, and durability. But among the four Unity platforms, Värm, with its full two stories, has special attributes when it comes to the range of style and configuration possibilities. In Sweden, the word "lagom" has deep cultural significance. It doesn't translate directly [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 6th, 2014|1 Comment