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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

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

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

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

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

Industry Insider: Tedd Benson – Timber Home Living

Industry Insider: Tedd Benson - Timber Home Living. One of the most celebrated homebuilders in America, Tedd Benson is a true champion of the traditional timber frame home — with a modern twist.  Tedd Benson, Founding Owner, Bensonwood & Unity Homes Ask any member of the timber frame community who has had a major impact [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Our Building Systems Flawless in 3rd Party Inspection

by Rick Reynolds Four times a year, TR Arnold, a respected third-party “in-plant inspection agency,” or IPIA, is authorized by us to conduct unannounced inspections at our Blackjack Crossing production facilities. In voluntarily submitting to TR Arnold’s findings, our intention is to ensure that construction standards (state & local code, as well as our own [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 11th, 2014|0 Comments