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.  

Conclusion

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 contact@pillarplus.com to know more.

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