Our History

When Unity was founded in 2012 as a spinoff of Bensonwood, it benefited from Bensonwood’s 40 year history of using off-site construction methods to build homes that are healthy, comfortable, durable and beautiful. Since then, Unity has been creating its own history. We list many of the highlights in our timeline.


Unity Homes Logo


Groundwork for Unity: Projects, developments and innovations at Bensonwood lay the groundwork for Unity Homes

Unity Home with Deck
an early Xyla


Unity Launched: Unity Homes is officially launched as an off-shoot of Bensonwood.

First home completed: The first “official” Unity Home is completed in Brattleboro, VT.

Zum at night
an early Zum


All four platforms built: Unity builds a Tradd, a Zum, two Värms and four Xylas.

Solar Panels


Renewable Unity: The first photovoltaic (PV) system is installed on a Unity Home

Continued Growth: Unity builds seven homes, stretching from Vermont to Virginia.

Greenbuild Logo


Top Ten Award: Unity honored with a “Top Ten Green Building Product for 2016” award from BuildingGreen.

Greenbuild Unity Home: Unity’s Zum style show home is featured at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Westward expansion: Of the fourteen homes on which Unity works, the most distant is in Ohio.

Blue Varm
one 4 faculty Värms at Dartmouth


Dartmouth faculty housing: Unity completes four faculty houses at Dartmouth College.

Unity show home: Unity opens show home in Walpole, NH.

New wall assembly: Unity debuts its new wall system featuring a continuous layer of wood fiber insulation board.

Quechee Lakes development: Unity begins work on 12 homes at the Quechee Lakes development.

Nano at Okemo: First Nano built, at Okemo Resort in VT.

Unity Facility


New Facility: Unity sets up state-of-the-art production facility in Keene, NH.

Show Home LEED Gold: Unity’s show home awarded LEED Gold status.

First ZERH in NH: Unity receives certification for first Zero Energy Ready Home in New Hampshire.

Tedd on PBS


Certainteed Partnership: Unity signs joint development agreement with Certainteed for R&D.

Solar Powered Production: Unity installs PV panels on production facility to provide two thirds of energy used


Small Home Hero Award: Nano project receives Small Home Hero Award from Habitat for Humanity

Net Zero Award: Unity project wins first place in “Drive to Net Zero” competition

Ask This Old House: Tour of Unity facilities featured on Ask This Old House


Business of the Year Award: Unity Homes and Bensonwood honored by the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year


Unity Goes Virtual: Unity pivots to working from home, meeting clients virtually, hosting monthly webinars, and producing educational videos – 23 videos that garner over 170,000 views.