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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

Homes Matter by Tedd Benson

Courtesy: The Keene Sentinel. From the latest issue of Business Monadnock  We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill Many years ago, when we pulled our company associates together to try to draft a collective mission statement for our homebuilding company, we came to an unexpected conclusion. As we kept asking questions about why [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 May 16th, 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

Why We Use Dense-Packed Cellulose Insulation

Many have asked us why we use dense-packed cellulose insulation in our OBPlus Wall® panels, roofs and some ceilings and floors. Here are some of the cellulose advantages in our "Montage Building" system: Our cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers treated with a natural mineral borate to give it a Class A fire rating as well as [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Solar Unity Home, Contract to Complete in 20 Weeks

A year ago when Carol and Ed Reardon wanted to build a healthy, energy-efficient, year-round residence on a lake, they knew whom to call. Bensonwood had recently launched its sister company, Unity Homes, which offers healthy, high-performance, more affordable homes.  Here was their chance to own a high-quality Bensonwood home on a budget they could afford. Best of all, they [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Seriously? | Tedd Benson on Homebuilding

The New House Rules | Tedd Benson on Homebuilding. Posted on March 17, 2014 by Tedd In my last post, I vented a little about the cover of the largest professional homebuilding magazine (Byline, “Smart Building Starts Here”) depicting a construction site that might have been exceptional 100 years ago, but today should be an industry embarrassment, not a magazine cover. Finding that [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 7th, 2014|0 Comments