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Tedd Benson Keynotes Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Conference

Posted By Unity Team • December 20 2014 • Comments Off

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Green building is not a stagnant goal, but rather a rapidly-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 on the built environment.”


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Tags: Carbon Neutral | Climate Change | CO2 | Energy Efficiency | Fossil Fuels | Green Building

Bensonwood Educates at Greenbuild 2014 New Orleans

Posted By Unity Team • December 19 2014 • Comments Off

Bensonwood architect Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP led an education lab at this year’s Greenbuild Conference in New Orleans titled, “School Building as Teacher: Design for the Future.” Learning objectives for the session were to understand:

Outcomes of promoting social change through synergistic curriculum and
    building/campus design.
Impacts of building systems and resource transparency on student learning.
The synergies between green building and impacts on student learning.
Unintended consequences and learning opportunities from this project.

Bensonwood architect Randall Walter with Sheila Kim (left)  products editor of Architectural Record and SNAP Magazine.

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Tags: Green Design | LEED

Unity Homes Style Series: The Versatile Värm

Posted By Unity Team • December 18 2014 • Comments Off

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 in English, but it roughly means “just enough,” or “just right.” Perhaps most notably, it also means “in balance”—not too much, but not too little either. Tedd Benson’s family hails from the central farming region of Sweden known as Värmland and it is from these roots, and from this concept, that Tedd and the Unity Homes design team created Värm.

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Tags: Lagom | Net-Zero | Open-Built | Photovoltaic | Platform | Varm

Living Green: Should I Build New, or Retrofit an Existing Home?

Posted By Unity Team • December 17 2014 • Comments Off

At some point in the decision to buy a home, there comes a critical calculation: Do I build a new house on my own land, or buy an existing one? And if that existing home is poorly constructed or simply outdated, how will that impact me over time?

Aside from the obvious fact that existing buildings are where they are, as opposed to where you’d like them to be, they also come with hidden costs that may not be immediately apparent to the average homebuyer. As one example, getting older existing houses up to current energy code, let alone the stringent standards of today’s high-performance buildings, can involve impossibly long payback periods.
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Tags: Air Infiltration | Energy Savings | Green Building | HVAC | Mechanical Systems | Net-Zero | R-value

 
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