The Net-Zero Bungalow | The Jamestown Net-Zero House
Coming up on the 40th Season premier of This Old House
The fortieth season begins with Kevin outside The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island – a magnificent mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Tommy picks him up in the truck and they drive across the bridge to Jamestown to this season’s first project – a 1920s bungalow.
A far cry from the Newport mansions, this modest Jamestown home will become a larger net-zero house -- a house capable of making all the energy it needs.
They meet the owner, Donald Powers, who is also the architect, and he discusses the challenge of making a completely net-zero house out of an old house with a new addition.
Inside, Kevin meets Dana Powers and their two sons, Nate and Theo. Dana takes Kevin on a tour of the house and describes the changes that will be made.
In the basement, Richard talks to Kevin about what exists now but also what has to happen to make the house more energy efficient. The two of them visit a completed net-zero home outside of Boston to see that this type of a house can still have an architecturally pleasing style.
Back in Rhode Island, home builder Jeff Sweenor is introduced. He gives Kevin a tour of the latest Idea House, which is just underway. At the project house, Jeff and the team meet up with the family and demo begins.