The Importance of MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) in Building Services Planning
The MEP is an essential and a challenging activity in the comfortable and reliable building services planning that results out in a building developed to be very efficient and reliable to be lived without a single wrinkle on the forehead. These planning are emerging out with the help of technology involving the development of budget, schedule, sustainable building development and construction.
In this modern era’s construction projects, building services like MEP are the heartbeat of a sustainably constructed building with future security and safety of the human beings, also respecting the huge amount of their wages invested in owning their dream homes. Therefore, it becomes very important to integrate these MEP services in building services planning, together very proficiently, so that people are able to dwell inside with a view of residing there for lifetime without facing troubles.
Here, MEP as abbreviated above, refers to the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing aspects of constructing a building and its services. The building services planning plays a very crucial role in defining several parameters such as MEP, making decisions, accuracy of documentation, performance and estimation of cost, construction management, maintenance of resulting facilities.
The incorporation of MEP includes the in-depth research and selection of these (MEP) systems unlike just simply installing them by a tradesperson. Traditionally, an electrician may install a house wirings and electrical circuit based on the very common practices and regulatory standards. But for the requirement of a building which is not just well constructed but it is strengthen from inside in order to result out a happy and healthy life, a team of engineers regarding the technology research of MEP are present to make best efforts and plans for specified installations given to the expert service men and team. The team of MEP engineers possess a wide knowledge of principles of dynamics, fluids, mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical circuits and their combined efficiency.
This aspect involves inheriting strength in a building mechanically, i.e. the ISI approved mechanical systems and constructional material such as earth quake and decay resistant, advanced technology based fire alarm systems and firefighting systems, elevators and vertical transporters (lifts), efficient air distribution. A proficient heating ventilating and air conditioning equipment technique is applied for the effective planning to heating, cooling and distributing air around the building. The outdoor as well as indoor ventilation and environment control is necessary for maintaining the adequate aura of living, dwelling and leading a happy life. A sustainable building should be prepared previously for all the emergency situations such as earth quakes, resisting floods, air pressure and accidental fire cases. If a building is not built with the preparations and tight security and safety systems, then construction of such building is just a waste, it won’t be able to resist even a single accident.
The design parameters for electrical circuits and house wiring systems should be set according to the national electric standard. Well, it is the most basic necessity required. The electric supply, distribution, light fittings and motor loads are the categories of electrical aspect which should be met wisely. Certain smart measures based on improved technological parameters in electrical engineering are taken while planning the whole electrical system for a building. The resistant to short circuits, heating effects of current, capacity of taking load, safer fuses, excellent quality of wiring materials and devices etc. are employed while fittings to ensure the safety purpose of the occupants. People should be aware of all the type of security measures taken for them while designing a building. Stress should be given on even a minute fault in a circuit as sometimes a small incident can give rise to a life threatening problems and buildings made similar to the above aspects of electrical engineering, are safer to live for the residents.
A certified testing for automotive engines which clarifies the electrical as well as plumbing setups should be integrated into the building. A Hi-Tec and competent plumbing system design is required for the prevention of the issues of this aspect of building services planning with other aspects like electrical and mechanical. A standard residential plumbing systems consists of water supply pumps and pipes, sewerage pipes, gas pipes, also rain water harvesting pipes. The perfect and no lacking plumbing system installation is a major factor for the welfare and healthy living of the residents. A bad plumbing installation will lead to severe health issues from growing fungi and bacteria in the leaking section causing irresistible foul smell. As a result, the fear regarding the longevity and survival span of a building along with uncertain health problems can severely arise as the time flies, the condition becomes more terrible and incurable.
Thus, paying attention on these aspects before at the right time of installation and construction planning and implementation can keep the trust of many occupants surviving in the building and not playing with their health and life. No matter what, at which extent a building pleases you aesthetically or following an excellently designed architecture plan, the MEP services constitutes the heartbeat of a building.
People in urban settings spend between 80 and 90% of their time in indoor spaces both during work and during leisure time. It is therefore important that the Architect and the Mechanical,
Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineers work in unison to ensure the quality environment. A good design can result in:
• Healthy and comfortable living
• Better environmental control
• Operational efficiency
• Lower greenhouse gas emissions
• Increased productivity
Remember MEP services are one area that makes the difference between comfortable and complaining occupants.
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