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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

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

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

Aquatic Dreamhouse Required Fluid Construction Strategies

Pool-Centric Vision Posed Technical Challenges by Rick Reynolds Faced with a significant technical challenge, Alfandre Architecture, PC and its construction company, EcoBuilders Inc., teamed up with Bensonwood to fabricate and install the large-span glulam timbers and insulated shell of this spectacular 6,000 SF timbered dream house — all built around a large 2,000 SF indoor pool [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Project Update: A Solar Studio

By Rick Reynolds When Keene, New Hampshire, photographer Steve Holmes wanted a studio space, he was driven by a lifestyle decision to connect his business to family and home. He also wanted more touch points for an enhanced client experience, where they could initially meet Steve, discuss the shoot, be photographed, then review the finished work. Holmes, who [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 June 4th, 2014|1 Comment

A White Mountains Contemporary

Q&A with Owner/Builder Jeff Gilbert by Rick Reynolds How did you learn about us? “I am Vice-Chair of the board of the non-profit New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and last fall we attended a retreat which toured  Southwestern NH, stopping at the Bensonwood Woodworking Shop in Alstead. While there, Tedd Benson showed up and gave an [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 June 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Passive House: The House of the Future | Sheri Koones

Passive House: The House of the Future | Sheri Koones Posted: 05/08/2014 From our old friend Sheri Koones in the Huffington Post yesterday. We appeared in her popular 2012 book Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home. The Passive House (or Passivhaus) (PH) was first established in Germany and is quickly becoming a [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 May 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Passive House Wins Award for “Best Energy-Efficient Project”

Steven and Barbara Landau’s Norwich, Vermont, Passive House won The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) Prism Gold Award for “Best Energy-Efficient Project.” Bensonwood, who designed the prefabricated insulated panels and constructed the timber frame shell, was honored as part of a highly-skilled green building team that included energy modeling and mechanical consultantsZeroEnergy Design, consulting [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 8th, 2014|1 Comment