Bensonwood Homes

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What makes this product green?

  • Salvaged content
  • Reduces heating and cooling loads
  • Post-consumer recycled content
  • Durable or low-maintenance


Bensonwood builds air-tight, well-insulated homes from the ground up using environmentally responsible materials and state-of-the-art moisture management details. The homes are designed with building information modeling (BIM) software and computer-based milling equipment for a precise fit and to minimize air infiltration. The walls are built with the company’s OBPlus Wall (“OB” for “open-built”) advanced panelized construction system that is framed using 9.5-inch-deep I-studs filled with R-35 dense-pack cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection., then clad with a rainscreenConstruction detail appropriate for all but the driest climates to prevent moisture entry and to extend the life of siding and sheathing materials; most commonly produced by installing thin strapping to hold the siding away from the sheathing by a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch. material and exterior moisture-resistant OSB sheathingMaterial, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but sometimes wooden boards, installed on the exterior of wall studs, rafters, or roof trusses; siding or roofing installed on the sheathing—sometimes over strapping to create a rainscreen. . The joints are taped, advanced gasket technology is used for air sealing, detailing is provided to minimize thermal bridgingHeat flow that occurs across more conductive components in an otherwise well-insulated material, resulting in disproportionately significant heat loss. For example, steel studs in an insulated wall dramatically reduce the overall energy performance of the wall, because of thermal bridging through the steel. , a drainage planePath that water would take over the building envelope. Concealed drainage-plane materials, such as building paper or housewrap, are designed to shed water that penetrates the building’s cladding. Drainage planes are installed to overlap in shingle fashion (weatherlap) so that water flows downward and away from the building envelope. is installed on the exterior, and integral baseboard raceways are provided on the interior for electrical and data cables to eliminate wall penetrations for wiring. The company also offers a Net-Zero option providing up to R-60 walls and comparable roof systems. Some timber-framing elements are included in most homes.

Manufacturer Information

6 Blackjack Crossing
Walpole, NH 03608
Phone: 603-756-3600
Toll-free: 877-203-3562

Listed in: Modular Structures