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What Trees Do

We are inextricably linked to trees (Part One) By Rick Reynolds All school kids learn that trees “breathe” in carbon dioxide, and “exhale” oxygen, which is fortunate for them because, as students, they’ve also learned that they breathe in that oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. While this is a gross oversimplification, it’s easy to remember. [...]

2017-08-23T15:23:27+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|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

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

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

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