Warren Averett Office Building
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
DAG crunches numbers to provide energy-saving alternatives for CPA firm’s own office building.
During early design phases, the client expressed an interest in analyzing ways in which their new building could become more energy efficient. As a leading CPA firm, they first explored the costs and benefits of applying for formal LEED certification, ultimately deciding that the process was not cost-justified. Next, they decided to explore whether they could qualify for energy efficiency tax credits under several tax codes. Working closely with the mechanical and electrical engineering consultants, DAG ran a variety of energy analysis simulations using several different computer programs. Multiple building envelope, lighting, and HVAC scenarios were explored. A report was produced that outlined the estimated savings per year, the first cost difference, and simple payback in years.
The office building features a brick and stucco exterior and a barrel-vault roof and is slightly more contemporary in design than one DAG designed earlier for the Destin branch of the same firm. The first floor is leased to a tenant, with the owner occupying the top two levels. Preserving the existing trees on the site was a priority throughout the construction.