MEP Consultants in Los Angeles Feature Sustainable Construction Practices (Designing with Comprehensive Lifecycle in Mind)
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The global numbers are staggering but MEP Consultants in Los Angeles such as K2D performs their role in improving sustainable construction. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the amount of the earth’s resources extracted, harvested, and consumed worldwide has increased by 60% since 1980. Growth is primarily being driven by increased global demand for construction materials, biomass for food, and fossil energy. These three material groups account for 80% of total global material extraction. According to a 2017 U.S. Geological Survey,construction materials comprise about three-quarters of the raw materials used, including stone, gravel, and sand.
Reducing the consumption of resources and staying diligent about minimizing climate change begins with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems design. K2D Consulting Engineers recognizes the importance of high-quality HVAC, electrical, and plumbing services that must be factored into sustainability. Sustainability begins with the design but moves through the entire life cycle of a commercial facility or a home. Major consideration must be given to:
- Incorporating recyclable and renewable resources, such as solar and wind energy.
- Overall reduction of energy consumption, energy waste, and material waste.
- Designing interior environments that are comfortable as well as easy and simple to maintain.
- Protecting the natural environment outside.
How Sustainable and Reduced Resource Use is Designed Into Buildings
The goal is minimal impact on the environment and the maximum useful life of the structure. K2D focuses on a combination of renewable energy resources, technologies,and construction materials that enable operating and maintaining buildings for maximum energy efficiency, reduced resource consumption, along with eliminating or minimizing the release of harmful environmental gases.
Key and practical steps involve:
- Reducing single-use of energy by increasing energy recycling, using energy multiple times until depleted, as well as renewable energy generation.
- Recycling materials and waste during construction, building operation, and building maintenance.
- Efficient use and storage of solar and other renewable energy.
- Rainwater harvesting, preservation, and use. Gray water use where applicable.
- Converting existing buildings to better and sustainable energy sources and usage.
- Integrating building architecture to existing environmental features.
Your benefits go beyond energy cost savings, pride in doing your part, and peace of mind. You also purchase fewer extra materials, generate excess energy that can be used elsewhere, save time with automated systems, enjoy more comfort, lower your costs for waste management, contribute to the billions of dollars in lower global energy consumption, and the list goes on…
K2D, leading MEP Consultants in Los Angeles,provide correct sizing and cost-efficient selection of equipment. Among the highlights are Title 24 compliance, daylight harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling systems, along with K2D receiving industry recognition for a long list of innovative and collaborative approaches. This includes consistently achieving the LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is an internationally recognized certification system that provides third-party verification of a building’s sustainability.
Ultimately,K2D provides sustainable strategies and solutions – both short- and long-term.Our team is strongly committed to providing the highest quality of engineering design based on a wide diversity in project experience and special personal attention to our clients.
K2D Consulting Engineers is a Professional Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical (MEP) Firm based in Los Angeles. For further information or for a free quote please contact K2D at 310.935.3773 or visit www.K2D.com to learn more.