Season 40 - The Jamestown Net-Zero House
This Old House is headed to a century-old New England cottage in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to restore the home's charm while also making it energy efficient.
Jeff Sweenor teaches the apprentices how to install a window
Kevin visits a manufacturer in Pennsylvania that makes custom insulated wall panels, the foundation wall panels arrive and are placed
Relive 40 years of This Old House with our anniversary special, featuring archival footage and brand new interviews!
Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor the differences between drywall installation and plastering over blue board
Tom Silva shows the apprentices how to properly install wood shingles
Explore the 1920s bungalow featured in TOH’s 40th-anniversary season. Pan around this interactive virtual experience and click hot spots to learn more about the products and materials used to complete this Net-Zero remodel.
Today is the day the net-zero house gets turned over to the Powers family. Kevin and Tommy pick up builder Jeff at the Idea House and drive to Jamestown for the big reveal
How a husband-and-wife tag team—interior designer Dana Powers and architect Don Powers—succeeded in achieving a superefficient, net-zero home with a clean, comfortable ambience, cozy furnishings, and Scandinavian-inspired appeal
As the Powers family moves into their renovated 1920s bungalow, it’s too early to tell if its energy-saving technologies and energy-producing systems will meet the net-zero ideal. But one thing’s certain: It’s great to be home. Explore our 40th-anniversary house project right here. MISSED THE REVEAL EPISODE ON PBS? You can watch it on demand right here at thisoldhouse.com
A narrow corridor is pressed into service at the Net-Zero house
Richard demonstrates how an energy recovery ventilator works, using red and blue smoke to illustrate the flow of indoor air and outdoor air through the core of the machine.
In just a few short weeks the grass will go in, and luckily Roger has a good solution. Roger joins Jenn and Kevin at a nearby sod farm where hundreds of acres of environmentally-friendly grass is grown.
The latest episode in the 40th-anniversary season of TOH starts airing in some markets tonight. Have you seen last week's episode? Catch up, on demand
This season's project merges old-house charm with futuristic efficiency. Revisit the season premiere as we ramp up for the big renovation reveal
Kevin opens the episode in Providence, RI to meet the homeowners at their architecture office.
Richard watches as the home is sealed against air leaks. Jeff reviews his pre-drywall checklist. Jeff fabricates pieces for porch columns and rails. Tom puts on shingles as the final layer of the exterior wall system.
Homeowner/architect Don Powers tells us why he selected Saatva’s eco-friendly mattresses for his family.
In this season's first project house, the library's in the hallway
Coming up: Load center installation, correct cedar shingling, basement insulation, plan framing, beam barn raising
Roof insulation is next step at the net zero house. Richard tours the basement of The Breakers in Newport. Kevin meets Congressman Norcross at the house, who is also an electrician. Apprentices install and flash windows.
Insulation is crucial to a net zero house. Jeff and the apprentices start the work. Dana shops for efficient yet decorative lighting. Tom and Jeff work with the apprentices to build false rafter tails and then install them.
New apprentices join the team in Rhode Island as the roof goes up. The house gets sheathed. It’s the finish line at Judith’s house in Charleston. Kevin and Tom take the grand tour.
Framing net zero. Heat loss and gain to design a balanced HVAC system. A visit the International Builders Show. Old wiring and plumbing exposed.
Shingle removal. A visit to a manufacturer of precast concrete walls. Kevin gets a tour of historic Jamestown. Foundation wall panels arrive and are placed
Tom and Kevin cross the bridge from Newport, RI to Jamestown where they tour the next project—a 1920’s bungalow which will become a larger net zero house. They meet the family and builder.
Our first big undertaking in Jamestown is installing the foundation for the addition on this 1920s Net-Zero bungalow. Welcome to Season 40 of This Old House! Check local listings to find us on PBS in your town
As we got started working on the Jamestown Net-Zero House, we met with an old adversary: ASBESTOS!
Our guests got to check out the Jamestown Net-Zero House—and be part of their favorite show! See photos from the party here and scroll down to watch the video of our TOH Livestream of the event
Traditional architectural details and a more open floor plan combine with the latest energy-saving—and energy-producing—technologies at a new This Old House TV project
TOH TV host Kevin O'Connor introduces you to the newest crew members and homeowners in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Tune in for the brand-new 40th-anniversary season of TOH on PBS. Check local listings