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Bensonwood Employees to Speak at National Conference

Published Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Three team members from Bensonwood Homes, a design-build firm based in Walpole, will be among the featured panelists at The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's 35th annual conference. The theme of BuildingEnergy10, which will be held in Boston, March 9 to 11, is "Reduce, Retrofit and Renew."

Bensonwood Structural Engineer Christopher Carbone and Architect Randall Walter will share their insights on Open Source Practices within the sustainable building industry. Bensonwood co-founded the Open Prototype Initiative with members of the architecture department at MIT, using open source methodologies to share knowledge and techniques on better ways to build (www.openprototype.com).

Hans Porschitz, building systems team leader at Bensonwood, will also be at the event sitting on a panel entitled, "Bright Built Barn: Making Net Zero Beautiful and Attainable." He will be joined by Keith Collins, MD, the owner of Bright Built Barn, which was designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and built by Bensonwood. The workshop/studio is LEED certified Platinum, Net Zero, and received Treehugger's Best of Green 2008 and the USGBC's 2009 Innovation Award. Porschitz will also be speaking on the "Alternative Framing Systems" panel.

Beyond discussing incorporating green construction materials like solar panels, the Bensonwood speakers will share insights on building techniques that can make every house a high-performance home without being out of reach for average home buyers. Bensonwood fabricates their homes offsite, using technology such as 3-D design, computer-aided machining and Open Building techniques that make the homes more adaptable. The home is then delivered to the building site in panelized sections where it can be quickly and efficiently assembled.

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