Tedd Benson's latest initiative to reinvent home building—with lower-cost panelized construction
Photo Credit: Alex Wilson
A few weeks ago I spent a half day with my good friend Tedd Benson learning about his new company Unity Homes. Yhis Walpole, New Hampshire company is on the cutting edge of home building today, with its focus on energy performance, building science, green building, and (relative) affordability.
This week I’ll describe some of Tedd’s work that led to the creation of Unity Homes, and next week I’ll go into more detail about this new company and the state-of-the-art green homes he and his team are cranking out.
For those not familiar with Tedd, he is responsible—more than anyone—for the emergence of the modern timber framing movement some four decades ago. Initially to save money, Tedd and his brother Steve used timbers salvaged from old barns in 1973 to build a workshop in Alstead, New Hampshire for the fledgling Benson Woodworking Company that they had launched a year earlier. (Steve died tragically in a car accident in 1974, and Tedd and his wife Christine continued the business.)