The Unity Team
A 40-Year Startup! (Bensonwood to Unity)
For the last four decades, Bensonwood Homes has been an industry leader in homebuilding—making homes that are more durable, cost-effective, and energy efficient. Virtually all of these advances are incorporated into the theory and practice of Unity Homes…that’s why we call ourselves a “40-year startup!” Here are some of the ways we’ve been keeping busy for the last 40 years. For more information go to our complete Timeline.
Construction of Passive House that requires no heating system.
OBPlus Wall™ is a Building Green Top 10 Products of 2010.
Prototype Unity Home built featuring R-35 OBPlus Wall™.
“Chain of Custody” certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Unity Homes launched (October 9, 2012).
Bensonwood barn for Ken Burns featured on PBS.
Unity Homes are built in Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic states.
New state-of-the-art facility.
New floor system provides easy access to mechanical systems.
Small Builder of the Year (2006) from PATH (Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing).
First Bensonwood building with LEED Platinum rating and Net-Zero Certification.
Development of Open-Built®—a new way to build homes in America. .
CNC machines that can cut joints with 1/32” accuracy.
Advances in off-site fabrication, including wall panels with window and door framing in place.
Development of method to use rigid foam insulation in wall and roof panels.
Creation of a portable mortising machine.
Advances in computer-assisted joinery.
First appearance on PBS’s This Old House.
Construction of post-and-beam buildings out of recycled timbers from nearby New England barns and silos…eventually putting up the first timberframe home built in New Hampshire in 60 years.
Begin building homes with elements prefabricated in the shop.
Tedd publishes first book: Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft.