Kevin meets HFOT community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell, who explains why community involvement is important. More than 150 local volunteers are laying down the sod, mulching the beds and planting. Closet builder Brian McSharry has been working with the DeWitts on a special design for the master closet, and Norm and Kevin work with Matt to design and build a table for the new dining room. At the end of a long journey, the DeWitts move into their new home. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Richard travels to Pittsburgh to install a thermostat that interfaces with a smartphone to save energy and money. Ross Trethewey walks Kevin through the installation of a photovoltaic solar array on the barn.
Richard meets HFOT project manager Mike Duckett at the jobsite to understand some of the 150 requirements implemented on ADA-approved and Energy Star-rated homes. He travels to a plumbing manufacturer to see the technology behind touchless faucets and toilets. At the house, Mike shows Norm how tile contractor Steve Collette is using a beveled piece of marble to create an ADA-compliant threshold in the shower. Then they check out the technology behind the automatic door opener being used on many of the doors in the house. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric vehicle charger next to his house. Richard helps a homeowner install a new kitchen sink.