Powering Net Zero |The Jamestown Net-Zero House
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Kevin tours the outside of the 1920s Jamestown bungalow, which will become a net-zero home, and the new barn, which will soon hold the solar panels to bring the house to net zero. Inside he meets up with Tommy as plastering is underway.
In the northeast, many contractors still use plaster on blue board, but the rest of the country mainly uses drywall for hanging walls. Tommy explains to Kevin the different steps with each method and then they watch as a team of plasterers expertly work the walls of the master bedroom.
Solar panels are an important part of the net-zero plan at this project. Expert Mark Trout tells Richard how he determines the amount and location of panels that are needed. After figuring out what the electrical consumption will be, he looks at the sun hours along with the location of the panels to design the system.
In the dining room, Jeff shows Tommy how he’s going to treat the ceiling –with tongue-and-groove poplar boards. Together with Jeff’s carpenters, they cut and nail the boards up with no joints.
At the Idea House, Kevin meets electrician Ben who is installing a new back-up generator. It’s an emergency load generator that uses natural gas and can run a large percentage of the house in a black out. In the basement, he simulates what will happen when the power goes out.
Richard goes to Newport, RI where the US Navy was created and is still home to a naval training school.
Also in Newport is the IYRS School of Technology and Trades, which teaches boat-building to the next generation. President Terry Nathan takes Richard through the program, where students are working on restoring wooden boats and also learning to use digital technology and machines to make new boat parts. Richard goes down to the dock to board the Weatherly sailboat -- the 1962 America’s Cup winner.
Owner George takes him for a sail in the harbor along with Kevin and Jeff.