Tedd Benson speaks about a better way to build in the 21st Century

Tedd Benson speaks about a better way to build in the 21st Century

Tedd, founder of Bensonwood (1973) and Unity Homes (2012), has devoted his life to developing a better way to build. A key figure in the revival of timber framing in America, he was one of the founders of the Timber Framers Guild of North America (1984) and authored four books on the subject. Through the decades, Bensonwood established itself as a creative leader in timber frame design, engineering, craftsmanship, and CAD- CAM technology. This work has taken the company to nearly every state in the U.S. (Oklahoma is a holdout), as well as Canada, England and Japan. After having spent many years with the Bensonwood team developing processes, systems, logistics, and technology, Tedd went on to found Unity Homes, now a sister company, with the objective to make high performance homes affordable and normal. Today, Bensonwood continues to lead the industry, pioneering the use of Mass Timber and CLT’s in buildings large and small, and collaborating on innovative projects to...
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Robert Perschel speaks about how New England forests can mitigate climate change

Robert Perschel speaks about how New England forests can mitigate climate change

Robert Perschel is the Executive Director of the New England Forestry Foundation. His work has focused on large landscape protection, ecological forestry, climate change and sustainable forest biomass utilization. He is co-author of Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast, Assessment of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines and New England Forests: The Path to Sustainability. Synopsis How we protect and manage our forest base will likely determine if New England can meet its climate goals. Robert Perschel will speak about the Forest to Cities Climate Challenge, forestry standards for both storing carbon and producing materials for buildings 6-18 stories tall. https://youtu.be/8pz0XyCs6u0 Links New England Forestry Foundation Forest to Cities Climate Challenge ...
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Lisa Carey Moore presents healthy building materials

Lisa Carey Moore presents healthy building materials

Products used on a project can have significant and enduring health effects—not only on your building's occupants, but on the community where the products are made and on the workers who manufacture and install them.  Products may also have significant impact on the planet, through extraction, manufacturing, and eventual disposal. So where does one start when trying to incorporate healthier materials into a project?  The presentation shares case studies that highlight the challenges to, and opportunities for, bringing healthier materials into your next building projects, or your daily practice as a designer of any kind. Ms. Carey Moore's stories highlight lessons learned from her involvement with a range of Living Building Challenge project types, including educational centers, a large laboratory building, and renovation of existing buildings.  Links Living Building Challenge Materials Integrated Eco Strategy Presentation Video https://youtu.be/jsR2orr0r28...
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Russel Chapman presents the Sustainable Forest Initiatives

Russel Chapman presents the Sustainable Forest Initiatives

Russel Chapman‘s career has spanned multiple facets of the AEC world. He is an architectural consultant for Sierra Pacific Windows where he works directly with the architecture and design community helping to guide their decisions to best match their client expectations. Mr. Chapman speaks about the Sustainable Forest Initiative: the initiative’s principles; objectives; performance measures; indicators and history. It is imperative for us to understand Forest Certification and how growing our forests, in a sustainable manner, contributes toward green building strategies by sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Links Sustainable Forest Initiative Sierra Pacific Windows Presentation Video https://youtu.be/n8_hPNKRNwo...
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