PBS television series “This Old House” has embarked on a new project for the fall season, a prefabricated timberframe home for a family in Weston, Mass. In collaboration with the program, Bensonwood, the New Hampshire-based custom homebuilding company, designed the 3,500-square foot home that includes Benjamin Obdyke’s Home Slicker rainscreen product. The home’s modular panels are constructed at the Bensonwood factory and then transported to the project site where the panels are assembled. 

The new environmentally friendly home incorporates several interior and exterior green building elements, including the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, solar hot water, photovoltaic panels for supplemental power, recycled and reclaimed materials, and sustainable harvested wood. The rainscreen system is another element integral to the design.   

In an effort to protect the building envelope from moisture and mold-related issues, the rainscreen system was installed in the home's wall assembly to drain moisture and provide ventilation behind the exterior cladding. Home Slicker, a product which creates a void space in the wall to promote water drainage and air flow, was selected as the rainscreen component on the project.

Brand new episodes of the Weston project will premiere nationally on PBS October 2.