Fire-fighting Services in MEP Engineering

Fire fighting service in MEP

A MEP consultancy provides mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design solutions for projects or sites under going construction. The consultancy consists of expert engineers who leverage their knowledge to suggest elements that make a building functional. Their input is invaluable for ensuring that a structure has functionality and therefore, they work in cognizance with contractors from the first to the last day of construction. Therefore, consulting with a MEP services providing company is essential for all builders who take up a project for construction.  

The main aspects that a MEP consultancy covers in their consultation are generally- HVAC systems, electrical wiring, plumbing fittings, fire-fighting, safety plans and bill of quantities. They help in making estimations for implementing the MEP work and even ensure everything is made according to the authorized building codes.  

While each section of the MEP work is equally important to the construction process, for today’s purpose, let us discuss and understand the work of fire-fighting MEP services. These services are important to help keep hazardous fire events away. In case of a fire mishap, a good fire-fighting system helps in curbing the spread of fire. A fire-fighting system installation involves a combination of wet and dry elements to ensure that all kinds of fires are suppressed in a building. These include fire safety systems such as fire sprinklers, fire hydrants and fire alarms. All these installations when considering the construction of a commercial building are extremely essential.  

When you take MEP consulting for installing fire-fighting systems in a building, then the expert identifies the purpose of your construction and goes through the drawing made by the architect. Then the layout of the fire-fighting system is made on a software to generate designs and finally, one design is selected. This selected design then acts as a blueprint for the building’s fire-fighting system layout. The advantage here is that the MEP consultant will suggest you the latest fire-fighting technology and incorporate in your building plan.  

We, at Pillar Plus, offer comprehensive AI-software generated MEP drawings for fire-fighting system installations. Our vision is to make buildings that ensure safety of occupants, are efficient in operations, elegant in design and compliant to construction codes. We are a team of trained professionals and we also offer site supervision and project assessment, along with other MEP services. Contact us today for your MEP construction needs and we will provide you with effective building solutions. 

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How does MEP Engineers support Safety& Security?

safety & Security for MEP

We all know about the important role MEP engineering work plays in making a building functional. In the general scheme of things, it lays out the plan of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures that will be installed in the building. But, in looking at the need of MEP Work for a building under construction, there are some specific reasons why it is needed, the primary one being to ensure safety and security.  

When a site plan is made, one common agenda for all the people involved in its construction is to make sure that the building is safety-proof upon completion. There are systems that need to be installed to avoid hazards like fire, flooding due to leakage or building collapse due to earthquakes. This is where the magic of MEP engineering comes into play and it supports builders in making a structure secure. So, the questions like- where the lighting will go, is the building supporting sustainability, what materials of the fixtures would be best, where should the security cameras be placed, how can the waste drainage be discarded safely- will all be answered during the MEP engineer’s assessment of the site.  

The MEP engineer, who takes the responsibility of a site, works around making it safe for public usage, by scanning the designs made by the architect and then, draws out the plans of the MEP work. The MEP engineer’s design layouts are made based on the requirements of the architect and the purpose behind the building’s making. For instance, let’s take an example of a mall building. When a mall building is under construction, then the safety factors that the MEP engineer will need to consider here will include things like smoke alarms, earthquake alarms, security cameras, central door locking system and high-quality wiring fixing. All these details aids in establishing a security plan for the building under construction and help protect it from potential natural hazards and threats like robbery, vandalism, looting and arson. At each step of the way, the MEP engineer will review the plan and do risk assessments and make new suggestions, if need be. The net result of this will be that the users of the building will feel safe, there will be reduced risk of security breaches and accidents will be dealt with effectively.   

If you are seeking a security and safety assessment of a project that you are building, then please get in touch with us and our team at Pillar Plus, will support you in this. We have other MEP-based services available too, check out our website today at  

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Role of MEP Engineers in Construction

Role of MEP engineers in Construction

A building surely draws a lot of attention to the interior designer or architect who was involved in its making. However, the actual person who gives a building its usability value, is an MEP Engineer. Now, you might wonder who is an MEP Engineer. Well, then let us enlighten you about the role of a MEP Engineer in making constructions a possibility.  

A MEP Engineer is a construction technician or building expert who is responsible for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work of a building under construction. They are specialists who have a sound understanding of the impact of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing settings within the construction process.  

In layman language, the task of a MEP engineer entails studying the layout of the whole site and making precise drawings using a designing software such as Adobe Photoshop, to plan and execute the MEP work. This designing process is an indispensable part of the construction process. It ensures that the building getting constructed actually reaches its end vision. Therefore, a MEP Engineer’s input is valuable in making a building functional and purposeful.  

There are multiple tasks that a MEP engineer has to perform in order to ensure the construction process can be carried forward. So, here’s some of the ways that a MEP Engineer adds to the construction process: 

  • Studies and evaluates the site plan 
  • Recognizes the areas that needs rebuilding for ease of functionality 
  • Draws plans for the MEP fittings 
  • Estimates the cost needed for the MEP work 
  • Delegating work to contractors 
  • Suggesting equipment that can be used for the MEP fittings  
  • Assisting the architects in making the building construction code compliant 
  • Ensuring that the building is safe for its users 
  • Problem solving and coming up with effective solutions 
  • Reviewing the MEP plan at each stage of construction  
  • Supervising the execution of the MEP drawing  
  • Listing all the electrical fixtures to be fitted in the building 
  • Listing all the plumbing tools needed  

This list is not exhaustive and there’s a lot that a MEP engineer does and can do. So, if you are looking to implement a successful construction project, be sure to get in touch with a MEP Engineer. You can even contact us and take advantage of our experienced MEP services at Pillar Plus. We are a MEP Consulting firm that provide MEP drawings and precise BOQs, compliant with building codes. We manage site supervision, quality checks, assist in approvals for NOC’s, environmental clearance meetings and help in contractor selection for your project as well. 

AI for MEP Design

AI for MEP design

Artificial Intelligence has captivated most parts of our living today. It has manifolded in its manifestations and has become a favourite method backing the inventions in engineering. It’s incredible usability is much talked about even in the con-tech space and rightfully so, after all its allowed the MEP process to be coolly convenient. So, let’s understand how AI is becoming the backbone of construction.  

Coming to the basics. AI or artificial intelligence as it is popularly known as, is an advanced technological tool that supports processes by performing functions that would ideally be carried on by a human. Whereas MEP or mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as it is popularly known as, refers to the main building and designing part in the construction process that involves all the electrical placements, plumbing fixtures and mechanical holdings. It is a key aspect of the construction process that makes a building functional.  

Now with the advent of advanced computational technicalities in the construction world, many steps in the building process are depending on artificial intelligence. AI-powered machines are being used for MEP drawings and building mapping. These AI generated MEP designs are helping architects, engineers and designers to identify the best layout solutions for a building or space that is being or going to be constructed. Here, the significant role that AI plays in MEP is that it addresses the target needs of the construction in place and effectively suggests plausible solutions that would bring it to fruition.  

While AI helps in many areas of construction, when it comes to MEP, below are some of the key ways in which it has proven to be beneficial:  

  1. Target-addressing planning 

MEP generated layouts are automated and easy to produce. In each layout print, the target addressal is improved upon and therefore, MEP planning is done aiming at all the specific needs of construction.  

  1. Cost prediction 

Since AI helps in designing the whole building- its materials and placement, it also helps in predicting the costs that can typically be borne for the whole production. This, therefore helps in planning the budget of the construction.  

  1. Productive building  

The AI predicted MEP plans for the building process helps in making the construction as need-based as possible. Each step is devised in such a manner that maximum efficiency is employed and human effort is minimised.  

  1. Effective designing  

The MEP designing task is a complex one and AI simplifies it with its competitive calculations. This helps in producing effective building designs that are concise and can be accurately executed, with minimum to no human error taking place.  

AI has step foot in different arenas of the engineering world and it is surely here to stay. As far as MEP is considered, AI will definitely remain to be productive in this space as it will not only continue to cater the benefits we mentioned above, but it will also leave a growing impression of sustainability. MEP that will utilize AI will surely contribute to a greener future and thus, will expansively help in making the construction process an environment-friendly one.  

Innovative MEP products

Innovative MEP Products

MEP systems or the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems that account for the most essential step in building a project, have become very advanced in the last couple of years. The technological developments in the construction space have helped in making the MEP tools and machines more purpose-driven and high-tech. Each piece of machinery holds an aspect of creative innovation that makes its contribution more effective. Let’s look at a few of such MEP system products. 

  1. Project specific software 

There’s an array of software being designed to address the needs of a particular project. Each construction plan requires a blend of different techniques that decide its workflow, and software or mobile applications make it possible to communicate and ensure the management of this construction workflow.  

  1. Multi-dimensional modelling 

3D designs revolutionised the MEP planning processes, as they replaced the 2D paper-based modelling. But now, 5D layouts are being used to help with the whole process of planning and decision making with regard to the project under construction.  

  1. Smart Sensors 

The sensor instalment system has allowed MEP designs to be productive. As these smart sensors do a great job of notifying the building users of any faults in the structure. These help in eliminating any risks and in making the building a safe place.  

  1. Integrated design systems 

The integrated design systems used for targeted MEP planning of a building help in making the construction process comprehensive. These systems include all the layouts, models and designs of construction, depending upon which they predict the necessary tools, materials and methods that maybe utilised to bring the construction to form.  

  1. AR technology  

Augmented reality, also known as AR, is used in the construction process to simulate the real site plan through a digital mode. This product or tool helps designers and construction engineers to visualise the space getting built. It allows them to identify the specific areas that might need attention when executing the MEP systems, and even supports remote team discussion.  

All these products just provide a glimpse of the MEP design tools that are being used around the world today. In some time, with continuous innovation in place, more tools and methods will be incorporated in the construction business and that will lead to even better productivity. Designing and delivery of buildings will grow to be complex and modern, as demand for niche construction will rise. Ultimately it will all spring up the product inventions for the work concerning the execution of MEP systems. If you are seeking any MEP services then please reach out to us at  [email protected] or +91-9799858301 and we will help you.  

Radiant cooling system

Everything you need to know about the radiant cooling system

According to statistics, 40-50% of the building’s operational energy is consumed by HVAC systems. Over time, people have been trying to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of these systems. 

Traditionally, ACs have been widely adopted, however they produce uneven cooling. They can also lead to poor air quality by releasing airborne contamination. To overcome the problems caused by traditional cooling systems, architects and engineers look forward to the radiant cooling system as a solution. A well-designed radiant system is proven to offer effective cooling in most climates. Since it can significantly improve the air quality, they can be used in hospitals where good air quality is of utmost priority.

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The radiant cooling system being laid out on the floor

What is a radiant cooling system?

The radiant cooling system uses polymer pipes or coils installed within the walls, floors, and ceiling. The coils are circulated with chilled water to cool down the surfaces by evenly absorbing heat from them. The system is generally integrated with a heating system and installed in sealed spaces for the best results.

  • Cooling is evenly distributed and hotspots are eliminated
  • The temperature of each room can be adjusted individually
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Working of radiant cooling system

Working principle: 

The traditional cooling system cools by the process of convection whereas the radiant system transfers energy via radiation. Radiant cooling works on the principle that bodies with temperature differences exchange thermal radiations until equilibrium is achieved. Radiant cooling systems are combined with a large thermal mass which radiates as well as absorbs simultaneously. 


  • Energy-saving due to lower transport energy usage, efficient operating modes, and lower transmission losses
  • Maintains thermal comfort by adjusting the indoor air temperature and relative humidity
  • Components like ductwork, diffusers, grilles, air handlers, etc. are smaller in size
  • Do not cause noise due to air movement
  • Reduces operational and maintenance costs
  • Efficient control over ventilation by allowing the required amount of outside air
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It can easily be molded in the required shape


  • In case of leakage or blocked coils, the supply of chilled water will be disrupted
  • Efficiency is reduced in rooms that are not tightly sealed
  • Condensate formation on surfaces results in mold formation
  • Difficult to maintain a temperature below 23 degree Celsius
  • Requires skills maintenance staff for controlling
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The radiant cooling system can be integrated with a ventilation system to control humidity levels

Types of Radiant Cooling systems:

  • Chilled floor/ceiling/wall: They induce air movement by the method of radiant and convective heat transfer. It lacks control over the humidity of the room and therefore should be integrated with a ventilation system.
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Radiant cooling system installation detail

  • Active chilled beam: The system uses a ventilation air duct passing through the chilled beam to cool the space. The ventilation air needs to be dehumidified upstream to prevent condensation at the chilled beam.
  • Passive chilled beam: A radiator system is formed by surrounding a coiled pipe around the passive beam. The system is often combined with an under-floor air distribution system. The system should be paired with a ventilation system to maintain the moisture content in the room.
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Chilled beam cooling system

The radiant cooling system is getting more and more popular with time. Though it has some limitations, yet they can be easily overcome by pairing it with other technologies. Advancement in design, high-efficiency, and sustainability are some of the factors which make a radiant cooling system better than its alternatives.

MEP in green buildings

Role of MEP in achieving green buildings standards

The sustainable design concept is taking over the construction industry with more and more people inclining towards green buildings. Owing to the increasing demands, service providers are also encouraged to come up with new ideas every day to contribute to the cause. MEP being a major energy consumer in a building can help in achieving eco-friendly and energy-efficient results if used judiciously. With due course of time, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services have evolved to meet the need of the users by offering sustainable solutions.

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How is MEP related to sustainability?

Rather than being an add-on to the original design of the building, sustainability is now an integral part of it. So are the MEP services. MEP planning decides the working of the building and how much energy will it consumed. Therefore, in order to achieve green building accreditations, MEP services should be handled with great care. Efficient MEP planning will reduce the installation, operational as well as maintenance cost. Consequently, it will save time and money whilst reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

A sustainable MEP design should:

  • Use eco-friendly devices and fixtures
  • Minimize dependence on non-renewable energy resources
  • Maintain good indoor air quality
  • Reduce operational and maintenance cost
  • Follow 3Rs motto of Reduce, reuse, and recycle

How can MEP contribute towards a sustainable building?

Reducing water consumption: Installing proper fixtures, flushes, and wastewater treatment plants can optimize water usage throughout the building. A rainwater collection system can further reduce dependence on groundwater for satisfying building needs.

Reducing energy consumption by HVAC and light systems: Approx. 25% and 32% of energy in a commercial building are taken up by lighting and HVAC systems respectively. Employing efficient HVAC and lighting systems can adjust to optimize natural ventilation and light intake. It will balance the indoor air quality to maintain a comfortable environment for the occupants.

Reducing electricity consumption: Efficient MEP systems use energy-efficient devices and fixtures to reduce the load on the electrical supply. Not only does it optimizes their use but also improves their life-span. Solar panels can be used instead of

Reducing carbon emission: The carbon footprint of a building can be reduced significantly by using effective MEP planning.

Integration of technology with MEP

Modern MEP services are compatible with the latest technologies which result in cost-efficient and energy-efficient solutions

Efficient heating system: It reduces heat losses and maintains adequate airflow throughout the indoor spaces. It maximizes the use of natural resources as heat sources rather than depending completely on electricity. The system also uses heat from machines and human activities.

Sensor systems: They regulate and monitor energy consumption by HVAC and other devices. They automate the process of analysis and collection of data, thereby giving a real-time operational overview of the building’s services. It further equips the user with information regarding the ongoing trends and insights to avoid disruptions and improve with time.
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Sensor system ensures energy saving by continuous tracking and collection of data

Smart Air conditioners: They can adjust the temperature of the indoors according to the outdoor weather and climate. Sensors detect the room occupancy and the temperature is changed to maintain comfort whereas, in case of no occupancy, AC is turned off automatically.

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A smart air conditioning system regulates the thermostat by collecting the room temperature data 

Solar energy collectors:  Solar energy collectors can be integrated with thermostats and boilers to consume renewable energy resources.  


Sustainable MEP design can increase the lifespan of the building while enhancing the occupant’s health. It reduces cost, energy consumption and time spend on maintenance.   The integration of optimal MEP planning in the building will help in achieving efficiency standards and green building accreditation, consequently improving building performance.

At Pillarplus, we incorporate sustainable MEP solutions to achieve green building standards in all our projects. We continuously evolve our skills and technology to cater to the changing needs of our clients. Contact us at [email protected] to know more.