Sustainable Design

Sustainability has played an integral role in our practice for well over 30 years. Long before the advent of LEED and climate change, we were aggressive advocates of heat recovery, demand-based ventilation and reduced lighting and plug loads in our healthcare and research buildings. Now led by our Building Science Group, we continue to be at the forefront of innovative energy reduction strategies as a result of close interdisciplinary collaborations with our engineers. Over the past decade, our work has increasingly focused on fusing building performance – in the areas of energy efficiency, occupant experience and programmatic innovation – with exceptionally well-executed architectural design.  

Our approach, fueled by our Building Science Group, is the data-driven investigation of building systems, materials, envelope and operational energy usage geared towards optimizing a building’s performance and minimizing its environmental impact. Our end game is never merely a sustainability metric. Instead, we focus on rational decision-making driven by functional and programmatic constraints.

Our Building Science Group leads this effort by working side-by-side with our designers. They ensure we are consistently forging new ground on issues of technical performance, sustainability and responsible design.

In light of the firm’s longstanding efforts to reduce its environmental impact, Payette signed the AIA 2030 Commitment in 2011. We have been actively engaged in this effort since, carefully tracking and regularly reporting the predicted energy usage of our buildings. Our participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment has not only helped to drive down the energy intensity of our buildings, but has also transformed our practice by building “energy literacy” that has permeated throughout the organization.

Building science is integral to our design process. We aim to craft beautiful buildings that use natural materials and consume less energy and less water; that have excellent daylight and integrate with nature.

With rigor and precision, we explore design solutions with state-of-the-art tools, such as early-stage energy modeling and 3D prototyping, to challenge our hypotheses and develop solutions that might otherwise be unattainable. Before pen is put to paper, we take a holistic approach to setting performance targets that drive our design solutions.