While the world waits with bated breath for the very final episode of the amazing Breaking Bad to air on AMC, let’s take a look at Bryan Cranston, the man behind Heisenberg’s hat, and his amazing green home.
Many celebrities opt for the big house on the big property, and after two successful TV series Cranston can probably afford it. Instead, the former Malcolm in the Middle father figure has chosen to build a modestly sized home on the beach that meets the full LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum standards for efficiency. The project began with donating as much of the standing structure on the property as possible to Habitat For Humanity, followed by having a recycler further cherry pick the rubble for reusable materials. Once the house was demolished, which you can see in the embedded video below, then construction on the new house could begin. The final house is an amazing piece of engineering, passively controlling heating and cooling by careful placement of windows (screw you southern exposure!), and taking into account everything down to the body heat of the occupants when determining how much heating is actually needed. Here’s the full rundown of all the spiffy features:
2,450 Square Feet
3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths
Photovoltaic Solar Panels
Recycled and Renewable Products
3Palms Design Criteria Goals
Stringent performance standards for air tightness and energy consumption.
Strict attention to climate change imperatives, economic feasibility, building durability, occupant comfort and indoor air quality.
Virtually airtight, primarily heated by passive solar and internal heat gains from occupants, cooking, bathing, electrical equipment, etc.
Control of summer heat through shading, window orientation and passive ventilation.
Back up heating and cooling demand to be provided by an extremely small source instead of a conventional HVAC system.
A heat/energy recovery ventilator will provide a constant supply of tempered, filtered fresh air.
Accurate climate – and site – specific energy modeling.
High performance windows and doors
Optimized solar design. Truly solar: uses passive solar design, generates 100% of electricity from Photovoltaic panels, and heats hot water using solar thermal units.
100% of lumber originates from sustainably harvested forests (FSC certified) and all concrete uses a 50% fly ash mix.
Net Zero Energy – 100% fossil free.
As green as I like to think, I’m not certain about the whole “no air conditioning” thing. I’ve been in L.A. plenty of times when it remembers it’s supposed to be a desert, and even down by the water it can really suck. While there is no mention of how they’re handling air filtration for the… hobbyist chemistry lab in the basement… without an HVAC system, I’m sure there’s a lot of people the world over who are looking to make their “educational” endeavors more environmentally friendly. Completed earlier this year, “3 Palms” is a remarkable model of passive construction, and a credit to the Cranston family’s commitment to living by example. Check out the video below for wacky antics and wanton destruction. But that’s not all: by donating a large sum to charity, you can win Cranston co-star Aaron Paul’s contest. He’ll fly you in, pick you up at the airport this very Sunday, and after a dinner out, you two will personally “TP the sh*t” out of the Cranston abode. Just make sure that it’s recycled paper, you hear?
Via: [3 Palms Project]