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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

Deep Energy Retrofits vs. Building New

Living Green: Should I Build New, or Retrofit an Existing home? by Rick Reynolds At some point in every owner/builder’s decision making, there comes a critical calculation: Do I build a new home on my own land, or buy an existing one. And if that existing home is poorly constructed or simply outdated, how will [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 November 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Tedd Benson Keynotes Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Conference

by Rick Reynolds Green building is not a stagnant goal, but rather a rapid-moving evolutionary process. The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild plays an active role in that evolution, working to turn back carbon emissions, become self sustaining, contribute to local economies, and promote health and community. Forward looking, the Guild’s mission is “Advancing a 200-year perspective [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 November 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Bensonwood Earns FSC Certification

by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood is proud to announce that we have received Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC Chain of Custody certification provides customers with independent assurance that a product supports responsible forest management. It can also be used to verify that a product is from post-consumer recycled sources. We have long [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Bensonwood Featured in "The New Net Zero" by William Maclay

The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood is featured prominently in a new book on Net Zero building by renowned architect William Maclay. We collaborated with Maclay Architects as a member of the team which designed and built the award-winning net-zero Bosarge [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|1 Comment

On the Boards: Cape Cod Pool House

In keeping with this month's "Everyone into the Pool" theme, here is a charming little pool house we are helping fabricate on Cape Cod. Designed by Rebecca Elsy Ribeiro of D. Michael Collins, Architects, the energy-efficient building features classic colonial carriage house styling with cupola and a sheltered overhang. Bensonwood is crafting the timber frame, insulated wall and roof panels, and installing the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|1 Comment

Unity Homes: Indoor Air Quality and Comfort

by Rick Reynolds You can live 21 days without food, 7 days without water, but only a few minutes without air. Every day we take 21,600 breaths; that’s nearly 8 million breaths of air a year. By weight, we take in more air than food: 4,500 times our own weight in an average lifetime.* On [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 July 7th, 2014|0 Comments