The building is energy-efficient, as well. R-38-batt insulation is used in wall, floor and ceiling cavities. “We far exceeded the code requirements for insulation because we wanted to save money on cooling and heating,” Piralla says. Lighting is LED to help reduce costs and to avoid mercury-containing CFLs.
In the winter, Piralla says, solar heat gain from the windows reduces the need to run the office’s heating unit. “There are simple techniques to reduce energy costs,” he says. The windows aren’t operable, he adds, because Savannah “has a lot of pollen, dust and mosquitoes.” The single door, being above most of the roofs in the neighborhood, provides circulation and catches any breezes that may be present.
The end result, a blend of the practical and inventive, is a convenient and comfortable work space that encourages creativity and productivity.