While green building and sustainable design have entered the popular lexicon through fairly widespread media exposure, seldom are the concepts as prominent as when they reach celebrity status. When Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston made it a goal to build a home that was green and sustainable, but not at the expense of amenities and occupant comfort, he also wanted to show the world exactly how that was possible. So, Cranston teamed up with the Real Green TV production crew to take viewers through the design process of his newly built beach abode, the construction of which included a critical application of spray foam insulation.
The journey to build a green retreat began with an ocean and shack. Sitting on the Southern California coast, mere yards away from the Pacific, was a place Cranston and his wife affectionately dubbed the Love Shack, primarily due to how much “love” the home needed to be shown in order to be maintained. It was a fairly typical beach bungalow constructed within 1940’s building science paradigms, which resulted in air infiltration problems like imperfectly sealed doors and windows. And then there was the home’s sand foundation, the shifting of which had to be periodically counteracted with wood studs to support the house.