Payette’s nationally known Building Science Group, led by Principal Andrea Love, is integrated throughout the design process, bringing their expertise in energy, thermal comfort, high performance envelopes, daylighting, natural ventilation, material health, embodied carbon and water to every team. Unlike conventional teams that might add consultants to assist in building performance analysis, Payette’s team is truly integrated.
Having Building Scientists on staff does far more than simply provide analytical capability. Their knowledge and expertise are instrumental in monitoring, debugging and learning from the past. As a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment, Payette compiles and collects predicted Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for all projects under design. This, coupled with data available from Energy Star, Labs21 and others, allows us to make realistic assessments of energy demands for new projects and can help us understand the degree of on-site generation that may be needed.
We acknowledge the difference in skill sets and ways of working between engineers and architects. Therefore, our Building Science Group works closely with our project teams running quick and iterative models that provide performance feedback in step with the design development. We also leverage the technical expertise of our consultants to provide whole building model simulations at key points throughout the design process.