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RECENT PRESS RELEASES
June 26, 2018
Press Release: Solar Array Powers Unity Homes and Bensonwood’s New Production Facility (download pdf)
A new 136-kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to produce 40 percent of the electricity needed at the new Bensonwood/Unity Homes panel manufacturing facility at 25 Production Avenue in Keene, New Hampshire. The solar array components and its installation were provided by local and family-owned Green Energy Options of Keene, New Hampshire.
The new 110,000 square-foot fabrication facility, which became operational in April 2018, is now equipped with an expansive rooftop solar array that has a commissioned “turn on” date of June 30, 2018.
April 25, 2018
Press Release: Unity Homes and CertainTeed Announce Strategic Partnership (download pdf)
CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of building materials and subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and most innovative building products companies, announced its newly formed joint development agreement with Unity Homes, the Walpole, New Hampshire-based home manufacturer with the mission to raise the bar on high performance, low energy and affordability. The partnership was spearheaded by NOVA, Saint-Gobain’s external ventures arm dedicated to fostering strategic partnerships with startups around the globe. These industry-leading companies are teaming up to revolutionize the way American homes are built and to open a new door to innovation in the high-performance home market.
April 20, 2018
Press Release: Grand Opening of New Production Facility (download pdf)
Unity Homes and sister company, Bensonwood, celebrated the grand opening of a panel production facility in Keene, NH on April 20. The new facility produces insulated enclosure systems for high performance buildings.
Company founder Tedd Benson summed up the significance of the new enterprise: “This facility heralds a new era in our ongoing quest to demonstrate a better way to build,” he said. “It builds on the foundation of experience and know‐how that we have developed over decades, and it positions us to remain a leader in housing innovation for many years to come.”
About Unity Homes
Unity Homes designs and manufactures durable, high performance, energy-efficient homes. Manufactured off-site at the company’s factory in Walpole, New Hampshire, Unity homes can be completely assembled on site in as little as 30 or 35 days – but are designed to last centuries. Established in 2012, Unity Homes represents the culmination of 40 years of homebuilding innovation developed by Bensonwood Homes, the award-winning timberframe company founded in 1972. Unity extends that legacy of quality to factory-built homes that are customizable and affordable.
Currently Unity offers four highly-customizable design platforms, ranging from the ultra modern to traditional, farmhouse-inspired styles. Unity blends precision and speed of construction with some of the best performance in sustainable home building — demonstrating how Unity Homes can radically change the way homes are built in the United States for the better.
ABOUT TEDD BENSON
Tedd Benson has championed high-performance, sustainable building for more than 40 years. He founded Bensonwood in 1972, and set about reviving the centuries old tradition of timber frame construction in the United States; in the decades since, he authored four seminal books on the craft of timber framing. In recent years, Benson channeled that passion for innovation, quality and craftsmanship into an unwavering search for new and better ways to build. With his latest venture, Unity Homes, Benson aims to disrupt the American homebuilding industry, and deliver affordable high-performance, sustainable homes to more homeowners. Unity College in Maine awarded Benson an honorary Doctorate of Environmental Sustainability in 2008.
Annotated Bibliography (pdf)
1999: Timberframe: The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home Forward by Norm Abram (This Old House and New Yankee Workshop)
1979: Building The Timberframe House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft. Illustrated by Jamie Page. In collaboration with James Gruber.
~ 2018 ~
Six Ways to Transform the Built Environment Lloyd Alter – Treehugger, August 17, 2018.
Panelization – Another System Build Technique, The Art of Construction podcast featuring Unity Homes founder Tedd Benson, July 12, 2018.
Unity / Bensonwood’s Keene facility to be partially powered by solar, Keene Sentinel Source, July 2, 2018
A New Brand to Scale Off-Site Design, Engineering, and Construction: TEKTONIKS, John McManus – Builder Online, May 2, 2018
Is This Modular’s Moment?, John Caulfield – Professional Builder, Jan 5, 2018
~ 2017 ~
Ripe for Disruption? You Bet!, John McManus – Builder Online, September 26, 2017
Bensonwood, Unity Homes Need a Larger Factory, Meghan Pierce – Builder, August 24, 2017
7 Design and Workflow Lessons From Modular Builders, Katie Tomasulo – Construction Dive, May 4, 2017
Limitless Adaptations: How Unity Homes Leads Next-Gen Homebuilding, Katherine P. Cox – Vermont Arts Living, January 13, 2017
Modular vs Site-Built, Changing the Debate, John McManus –Builder Online, January 10, 2017
Prefab Zero Energy Homes, Bruce Sullivan – Zero Energy Project, September 20, 2016
Go For Green – Green Companies in Our Backyard, Stratton Magazine, Fall 2016, pages 54-62,
The Innovators, by Sam Rashkin — Builder Online, June 26, 2016
Unity Homes Builds New Housing at Dartmouth College, – Dartmouth News, April 19, 2016
Revolutionary on So Many Levels, Lloyd Alter — Treehugger, January 8, 2016
~ 2015 ~
The Best in Building Technology, Proud Green Home, December 31, 2015
Changing the Course of Homebuilding, Molly Shaw — US Builders’ Review, December 10, 2015
It’s Not Easy Being Green — Floor Covering Weekly, November 25, 2015
People, Things and the Best of Show at Greenbuild — Treehugger, November 24, 2015
Cradle to Cradle products could be key to a healthy house — Treehugger, November 24, 2015
The Future of Green Building was On Display at Greenbuild — Green Building Law Update, November 22, 2015
Net-zero Unity Home is a solar-powered prefab that pops up in just three daysInhabitat, November 21, 2015
Is Tedd Benson’s Unity Homes the next Blu Homes? — Modular Home Coach, November 20, 2015
Behind Greenbuild 2015’s Concept Home — Architizer, November 20, 2015
The Unity Home: The Inside Story — Rick Schwolsky, Builder Magazine (cover article), November, 2015.
BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2016 — BuildingGreen, November 18, 2015
Greenbuild’s Residential Tipping Point,John McManus— BUILDER Magazine November 18, 2015
Driving sustainability home: Will Tedd Benson’s modular houses disrupt the homebuilding industry? — NH Business Review, November 12, 2015
2015 Greenbuild Unity Home is Unveiled , Rick Schwolsky — BUILDER Magazine November 12, 2015
Hanley Wood Launches 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.— Hanley Wood, November 5, 2015
A Smarter Approach, John McManus — BUILDER Magazine October 30, 2015
Greenbuild Unity Home Takes Shape, Rick Schwolsky— BUILDER Magazine October 28, 2015
Hassan Tours Unity Homes in Walpole— NH Union Leader, October 27, 2015
Hassan to visit Walpole homebuilding company— Keene Sentinel (SentinelSource.com), October 24, 2015
Build a Better Way, John McManus — BUILDER Magazine October 18, 2015
Construction Starts on the 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home, Rick Schwolsky — BUILDER Magazine October 13, 2015
Meet the Sustainability Team for the Greenbuild Unity Home, Rick Schwolsky— BUILDER Magazine September 1, 2015
Builder Assembles All-Star Team for Greenbuild Unity Home, Rick Schwolsky — BUILDER Magazine, July 29, 2015
2015 Greenbuild Unity Home to Offer Affordable Sustainability , Rick Schwolsky — BUILDER Magazine, June 26, 2015
Build a Better Way — Builder Online, October 18, 2015
Unity is an Ultra-Efficient Factory Build Home.— Jetson Green. October 9, 2015
Unity May Be “The Greenest Prefab on the Market” — Tree Hugger October 9, 2015
~ 2013 ~
Unity Pushes the Boundary of Home Building — Building Green Part 1 April 24 2013
Unity at the Cutting Edge of Home Building — Building Green Part 2, May 1, 2013
~ 2012 ~
Unity Aims at Affordable High Performance — Builder Online October 11, 2012