Tedd Benson one of State’s Most Influential People
Tedd Benson, co-founder of Bensonwood and Unity Homes, was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s 2015 “It” list of influential Granite Staters. The list of luminaries includes a varied group of movers and shakers working in education, the arts, politics, business, and publishing.
Among the 14 people who made the eclectic list are two NH political heavyweights, Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator, Kelly Ayott, two performers, rock icon Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and comedian, Sarah Silverman, and the building visionary, developer Les Otten; himself, a client of Unity Homes.
Dubbed “The Future of Green,” Tedd Benson was cited for his industry-changing views on home building.
While leading the 1970’s revival of timberframe construction in America, Benson had become distressed by the prevalence of poor quality, stick-built, site-built homes and believed that many homeowners were being shortchanged on their biggest investment. This led him on a quest for a better way to build, resulting in series of developments including off-site, panelized fabrication, open-building methodologies, and rapid on-site assembly—all in an effort to raise the standards for durability, beauty and sustainability. To an industry invested in stick-building since the turn of the 20th century, Benson’s ideas were disruptive, at least until the demands of the green movement required better building practices.
In recognizing the contributions of Bensonwood and Unity Homes to the state’s growing green economy, Governor Maggie Hassan twice visited their design and fabrication facilities in Walpole, NH.
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