A year ago when Carol and Ed Reardon wanted to build a healthy, energy-efficient, year-round residence on a lake, they knew whom to call.Bensonwood had recently launched its sister company, Unity Homes, which offers healthy, high-performance, more affordable homes. Here was their chance to own a high-quality Bensonwood home on a budget they could afford. Best of all, they discovered they would be living in the home in only five months’ time.
We have received some fantastic news about the exceptional performance of our Unity Homes.
We recently completed our first Unity Home, a Xyla in southern Vermont. The home was tested by Efficiency Vermont for compliance with the Vermont Residential Building Energy Standard (VT-RBES). The 2,376 sq. ft. home with conditioned walk out basement achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 44, receiving a 5 Star Plus Certification for excellence in energy efficiency.
So what does that mean to a home buyer?
It means this home is 56% more energy efficient than a home built to current code and 86% more efficient than the average American home.
This home also tested at 0.51 ACH50! This number is so extraordinarily low that it surpasses the Passive House standard of 0.6 ACH50.
So you don’t have to take our word for it – the numbers show our Unity Homes continue to exceed the energy performance of other homes built to code.