Our building services engineers work closely with other construction professionals to influence every stage of a building’s lifecycle from the architectural design and construction through to its operation and disassembly.
Building services engineering is a term often interchangeable with mechanical and electrical engineering; ‘building services design’ refers to the mechanical and electrical systems installed in buildings to make them comfortable, functional, safe and efficient. Mechanical systems can include elements of infrastructure, plant, heating and ventilation. Electrical systems might include power supply and distribution, telecommunications and control systems, among others. There is considerable overlap between the systems, hence the term mechanical and electrical engineering.
Building services design for energy efficient buildings
Here at CES, the principles of sustainable development underpin all our building designs. Sustainable development is a concept that carefully considers the social and environmental impacts of development. The aim is to meet the needs of human beings, in terms of living conditions and resource use, without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural environment and its ecosystems.
Building services engineers play an important role in the design and operation of sustainable buildings and influence the design of a building in relation to energy efficiency. With the built environment accounting for a huge proportion of the global electricity demand and thereby, contributing heavily to carbon emissions, building services engineers play an important role in the move to mitigate the emissions that contribute to global warming.
What does successful, sustainable building services design look like?
There are several audits in place that can be used to assess sustainable building design. The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) establishes a building’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance. From occupants’ health and well-being to a building’s energy and water use, the BREEAM rating system assesses a range of sustainability standards to rank the success of sustainable building design.
CES have worked on several designs which have gone on to achieve BREEAM ‘outstanding’ status, so we fully understand what design teams require to facilitate BREEAM accreditation. Our assessors can offer practical advice on all stages of a building’s lifecycle, including new construction, refurbishment and in-use.