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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. 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. 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. 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 sail boat—the 1962 America’s Cup winner. Owner George takes him for a sail in the harbor along with Kevin and Jeff.
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