Strategies implemented for recent nationally recognized projects like the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, the Biosciences Research Building at National University of Ireland, Galway and the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University are a direct outgrowth of the integration of Building Science principles in the design process.
Minimizing the environmental impact of our practice is a priority at Payette. At a minimum, our projects are designed to an equivalent of LEED Silver certiﬁcation, and we have a building science department that assists in maximizing the energy efficiency of all our projects from the onset of design.
As part of our commitment to the environment, Payette signed the AIA 2030 Commitment in January, 2011, with the goal of designing carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. To reach that goal, the AIA has outlined interim reduction targets in the Energy Use Intensity (EUI), and the current target is to reduce the predicted EUI (PEUI) of our projects to 60% below the national average for their building type.