This Old House | Net Zero Blanket (S40 E6) | FULL EPISODE

7May 2020

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.

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Kevin finds Jeff and apprentices Kevin and Mary creating a special insulation panel of mineral wool and sheathing to cover the old and new roof. Richard takes a different kind of Newport tour in the bathroom and basement of the grandest mansion of all, The Breakers. There are 211 lawyers in Congress but only one electrician. Congressman Donald Norcross comes to the project to help electrician Ben Giles with rough wiring. The Congressman is a supporter of the Generation Next initiative. An electricians’ class from a local VoTech school also visits the jobsite. Seriously efficient windows are going in and Jeff shows the apprentices the triple-paned cutaway with two cavities which are filled with gas for heat resistance. Installing the double hung windows completely square is crucial. He shows them a new way to flash the windows using a stretch tape that makes sealing the corners easy, and then the first window goes in. Insulation does not stop on the outside. Preparations are being made in the attic to insulate from below. Kevin finds Tom Kelly and the foam team getting ready to spray closed and open cell foam in the bays.

Chariho Regional School

South Shore Electrical Contractors

Congressman Donald Norcross

Air and water barrier
GCP Applied Technologies

Mineral Wool

Spray foam
Ecologic Insulation

Energy Efficient Windows
Humphrey’s Window and Door Design

The Breakers

The Preservation Society of Newport County

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