'Breaking Bad' star building a good green home (video)

'Breaking Bad' star building a good green home (video)

Bryan Cranston, star of AMC's "Breaking Bad" is heading an effort to build a an oceanfront home that will meet two tough green building standards.

The 3 Palms home is designed to meet both LEED Platinum and Passive House standards. Cranston is building the home for his family in Southern California. The home with 2,450 square feet features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and radiant floor heating. With photovoltaic solar panels, the home will also be net-zero energy, which means it will create as much energy as it uses.

Bryan Cranston shares his vision for his green home:

Cranston and his design team developed a set of goals for the project:

  • 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.
  • Super insulation.
  • High performance windows and doors
  • Optimized solar design. Truly solar: uses passive solar design, generates 100 percent of electricity from photovoltaic panels, and heats hot water using solar thermal units.
  • 100 percent of lumber originates from sustainably harvested forests (FSC certified) and all concrete uses a 50 percent fly ash mix.
  • Net Zero Energy – 100 percent fossil fuel free.

Here's an overview of the 3 Palms Project:

Read more about Great Green Homes.

Topics: Certification / LEED, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Home Design & Plans

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