Roger’s Nod to Sod | The Jamestown Net Zero House
Coming up on This Old House
The show opens with Kevin at the busy Jamestown job site, where the yard has been ripped up by the heavy machinery.
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. They learn about a variety with microclover that requires less water and uses no pesticides and fertilizer. Soon pallets of rolled-up sod will be delivered to the project for a nice green lawn.
Back at the house, the new HVAC equipment is on site.
Behind the barn, Richard shows the outdoor heat recovery unit, which can simultaneously heat and cool the home. In the basement is a zoning box, the brain of the system, which determines whether heat should be sent back outside or be reused in one of the five house zones and hot water tank.
Upstairs in the living room, Jeff and his fireplace installer move a direct-vent, high-efficiency fireplace into the framed chase. A television will eventually be mounted above the fireplace, so there’s a heat release system that will vent inside of the chase to keep the hot air away from the TV.
The wood-framed porch gets screened in the old-fashioned way. Tommy works with Jeff to staple black fiberglass screens to a wooden piece that slides into an opening created by the framing.
Back outside, Richard watches as high-pressured water is pumped into the newly dug well to create a better water flow. Since water usage is often restricted in Jamestown, the water that’s accessible by this well will be pumped to a tank to be used in the summer for irrigation.