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D.R. Horton Gets an Efficiency Upgrade With Toshiba Carrier VRF Systems

In 2015, D.R. Horton announced their plans to move to a larger home office in Arlington, Texas. Now, the country’s largest homebuilder is only a few months away from opening the doors. With this project, D.R. Horton set out to build a huge, highly efficient space that would give their corporate staff a comfortable environment that evokes productivity. They partnered with a top engineer and contractor to design and install an extremely energy-efficient HVAC system utilizing Toshiba Carrier VRF systems, and their team of 500 employees is sure to be impressed with the outcome.

D.R. Horton’s New Home Office

The upgraded D.R. Horton corporate headquarters is projected to be opening by the end of May, and the city of Arlington is ecstatic for the promise of new jobs and increased economic activity. The building itself is a massive 250,000 square feet, costing over $20 million to build, and includes four floors, a four-story parking deck, and a courtyard area that will be enjoyed by the employees.

In addition to productivity and comfort the new headquarters was built to create a more intimate environment for the D.R. Horton employees when compared to their current building in Fort Worth. As David Auld, the CEO and President of D.R. Horton, emphasized, this move is about culture and creating a family-like atmosphere for the team.

VRF Heat Pump System: A Joint Effort by MD Engineering and CEC Mechanical

While the move to their new headquarters is mostly about culture, D.R. Horton still cares about their bottom line. When evaluating and ultimately choosing an HVAC system, they wanted to be able to provide their staff with a comfortable atmosphere without having to spend a fortune. They also needed to have complete control of the temperatures in different spaces at different times. A one-size-fits-all system was not an option.

Enter the Toshiba Carrier VRF system: The answer to all of their issues. MD Engineering, led by Michael Smith, PE, and CEC Mechanical combined forces to design and install approximately 450 tons of VRF HVAC equipment in the new facility. MD Engineering took the lead on designing the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, while CEC Mechanical installed the majority of the equipment and controls systems, including all of the Toshiba Carrier VRF equipment.

With the Toshiba Carrier VRF System installed, D.R. Horton’s new corporate headquarters will experience the power of 28 separate HVAC systems while being controlled through one, centralized control system. The system effortlessly heats and cools multiple spaces at different temperatures—and even turns off the system in spaces that are not occupied—with incredible efficiency. It takes up minimal space compared to other HVAC systems, and it requires very little maintenance over time.

With its amazing functionality and zoning capabilities, the Toshiba Carrier VRF system is sure to exceed the expectations of D.R. Horton’s staff and executive team. With a perfectly controlled environment, D.R. Horton can give their employees the family-like atmosphere they desire.