WALPOLE, N.H. — Unity Homes is taking its innovative approach to affordable, energy-efficient homebuilding to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building. Playing a leadership role in the event, the New Hampshire home builder will erect a demonstration home on site at the Washington, D.C., conference center.
The goal: Demonstrate firsthand that innovation, affordability and energy efficiency are not mutually exclusive.
“We intend to prove that all homes can and should be much better: durable and low maintenance, with little or no costs for energy, while also being a secure sanctuary of health, comfort, beauty and function for its inhabitants,” said Unity founder Tedd Benson. “We’re excited to share a demonstration of that message with our colleagues and peers in the green building industry.”
The 1,620-square-foot Greenbuild Unity home, one of Unity’s Zūm models, will include a modern, light-filled and open-plan aesthetic. The design originated in part from a collaboration with MIT’s Open Source Building Alliance and other industry partners, which focused on providing cost-effective energy efficiency and extending the flexibility and useful lifespan of buildings.
The Zūm features airtight construction that virtually eliminates drafts and outside noise. The home’s large windows are always designed and oriented to maximize natural light, solar gain, and even temperatures throughout the house.
The Greenbuild Unity home will be constructed in partnership with BUILDER magazine and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The demonstration home will be WaterSense certified and meet LEED Platinum and net zero-energy standards.
Established in 2012, Unity Homes represents the culmination of 40 years of homebuilding innovations developed by Bensonwood Homes, the award-winning post-and-beam company Benson founded in 1972. Inspired by the centuries-old barns and homes still standing in New England, Benson became a pioneer in the revival of timber-frame building. Since then, his company has built nearly 1,000 highly-crafted homes across America.
Unity extends that legacy of quality to factory-built homes that are customizable and affordable. By keeping 60 percent of construction within the walls of the company’s spacious, climate-controlled factory in Walpole, New Hampshire, Unity is able to maintain ideal conditions for off-site construction. Base prices range from the low $200,000s to $400,000.
A typical Unity home can be erected on site in a mere 30 or 35 days — a fifth the time of traditional construction. The Greenbuild Unity home will go up even faster; the shell will be completed in just one day.
Unity Homes designs and manufactures durable, high performance energy-efficient homes. Manufactured off-site at the company’s factory in the Walpole, New Hampshire, Unity homes can be assembled on site in as little as 30 or 35 days — but are designed to last centuries. For more information, visit www.unityhomes.com.