Sustainable Design

A Home Grown Solution

Vermont Passive House

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us 16JANUARY2018 BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us A Home Grown Solution Blog 16JANUARY2018 Vermont Passive HouseNorwich, VT View Project Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Follow Us Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS There’s a whisper…

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The Greenest House

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us The Greenest HouseWhat is the measure of true sustainability? Blog 31MAY2017 Vermont Lake HouseLudlow, VT View Project Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Follow Us Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Some have said that the greenest house is the one that…

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Bensonwood to Fabricate Writers-in-Residence Cabins

Writers' cabins

Sustainable CLT studios to usher in a new Pittsfield, MA, Renaissance By Rick Reynolds The Mastheads, as the project is dubbed, is named for the lookout point high on the masts of early sailing ships. Each studio is designed to represent a fragment of the five structures in the area from which the 19th century…

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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:…

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Green Schools Empower Students

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…

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Appraising Appraisals

by Rick Reynolds A big conundrum for many environmentally conscientious people intent on building a new home today lies in aligning their values with the financing process. Unfortunately, the construction of renewable energy-reliant, high performance homes is frequently hampered by the inconsistent and archaic appraisal methodologies. Too often, inexperienced appraisers are left with insufficient data…

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Making Sustainable Homes the New Normal

Tedd Benson Speaks at Greenbuild 2015, Washington, D.C.  By Rick Reynolds In order to fulfill its social contract with homebuyers, the building industry has a moral obligation to make high quality, low-energy, life-inspiring, sustainable homes that are at the same time, affordable and worthy of the role they play in peoples’ lives; this according to…

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Decision Time: Should I Build a Single-Story or Two-Story House?

Hilltop House design and build by Bensonwood

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Decision TimeShould I Build a Single-Story or Two-Story House? Blog 8APRIL2015 Hilltop House View Project Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Follow Us Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS One of the first decisions many new home buyers face involves whether to…

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Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

by Rick Reynolds In the growing movement towards green schools as transformational hubs of their communities, Bensonwood is finding its montage building science and innovative materials use increasingly in demand. As a recent example, the Common Ground School—a high school, urban farm, and environmental center in New Haven, Connecticut (and Americas longest-running environmental charter school)…

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1st evoDOMUS – Bensonwood Project Underway

evodomus cloud home

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] 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…

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