We have been committed to incorporating principles of sustainable design, energy efficiency and quality of life into our building projects for many decades. We have always believed that sustainable design is simply good design that fosters an understanding of a building's impact on human wellbeing and the environment. The firm's early projects, such as the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, employed passive technologies, such as a natural ventilation scheme that not only provided building occupants with operable windows, but induced airflow across courtyard fountains to trigger evaporative cooling. This way of thinking holistically about sustainable design laid the foundation for the integrated practice that is Payette today.
For us sustainability is not an added layer to a project, but an integration of building performance into the design process allowing us to embrace both the technical and quantitative domains of design. Our in-house Building Scientist brings rigor and precision to design solutions that were once driven by intuition. We employ state-of-the-art tools, such as in-house energy modeling and 3-D prototyping, to challenge our hypotheses and develop solutions that might otherwise be unattainable. This is transforming the way we design, leading to beautiful buildings that use simple materials, consume less energy and water, have good natural lighting and are tightly integrated with the landscape; in short, buildings that enhance the quality of human habitation. These are the undercurrents that run through every project we design.
While most of our projects pursue LEED certification, we also have active involvement in organizations and programs like Labs21, the USGBC and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Because of the energy-intensive nature of buildings like hospitals and laboratories, the imperative for resource efficiency is even more urgent, as small efficiency measures can still yield a substantial reduction in environmental impact.
Our practice is one of our most important design projects and is constantly evolving, maturing and improving. – less–ZoomInfo