Building with Unity

Build More Walls – that Store Carbon!

In combating climate change, reducing carbon emissions from building operations is critical, because they represent such a large percentage of global CO2 emissions. […]

The Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Home

Anyone who follows national housing trends knows that insufficient affordable housing and a lack of skilled labor are two of the industry’s biggest challenges. These issues are related because without enough workers to build new homes, housing starts have lagged behind historical norms and current needs. Given the limited options for getting homes built, builders and developers have understandably been focused on more profitable higher-end projects, as opposed to affordable housing. […]

The Art and Science of Project Scheduling

For years, Unity’s clients have benefitted from accelerated construction schedules made possible by our off-site fabrication, which shaves months off of a typical construction schedule. […]

Local Builders on Unity Projects

When a project is too distant for Unity to general contract, we and our clients team up with a local builder who preps the site for Unity’s arrival, and finishes the high performance shell that Unity assembles on site. This scenario allows Unity and the local builder each to do what we do best. […]

A Semi-Custom Design for a Unity Shell Package

How can Unity provide an efficient, streamlined design-build process for our clients, when every site is unique and every client has different needs? Some building […]

The “Cost” Question

“How much do your homes cost?” is one of the more common questions we are asked. Because so many factors affect the cost of a […]

Born From Everywhere

When Unity founder Tedd Benson gives presentations about the company, he often includes a slide with the title “Born from Everywhere.” The slide provides an […]

Where Unity Builds

“Could you build a home for me in California?” is one of the more common questions that our sales team hears. In fact, California and […]

Unity and Bensonwood: Model 3 and Model S?

“What’s the difference between Unity and Bensonwood?” This is a question that both Unity and Bensonwood field fairly often, and one that we have been […]

Where Are the Women?

Stacey Delgado, the most recent addition to Unity’s project management team, had an interesting reaction to her first day on the job with Unity: “There’s […]

How to Begin?

The recent warm weather seems to be inspiring potential clients to think more earnestly about building a new home, because the number of initial inquiries […]

Unity’s Options for Project Delivery

Comparing Whole House, Tempo and Shell Packages Most visitors to Unity’s website are probably familiar with the three different project delivery methods that we offer: […]

A Primer on Unity’s Design System

“Does Unity have standard plans?” and “Can Unity build my design?” are two of the more common questions we hear from prospective clients (the most […]

Building Tight and Breathing Easy with Blower Doors

At Unity we have strong tradition of education and training, because our work requires that we stay current with the latest tools, materials and systems […]

Unity’s New Wall Assembly

At Unity Homes, we are constantly striving for the optimal balance between cost and performance. Our strategies for achieving this balance are varied and complementary. […]

Busting Headers with Dr. Joint

Bensonwood’s former head engineer Ben Brungraber (aka “Dr. Joint”) enjoys breaking things.  In fact, Ben’s alma mater Stanford awarded him a PhD. for research that involved breaking […]

Taking Montage to a New Level: Building in the Unity Shop

At Unity Homes, we use the word montage (a French word meaning “assembly”) to describe three main processes: 1) how our designs are assembled on-screen in 3D […]