Architectural and civil engineers give shape, structure, and aesthetics to a building project. However, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers breathe life so that the building has what it needs to live and prosper.
Regardless of the competitive edge that these services bring to your buildings, you should want the best services that MEP consultants can deliver.
Some or all the following strategies can be useful for advanced building performance and system efficiency that delivers a competitive advantage.
Constantly Improving HVAC and Lighting Performance
Human comfort is a competitive edge. All of us need lighting, warming, and cooling not only forour survival but also to improve our vitality and daily performance. A key strategy of professional MEP consultants is to bring these vital needs into a building by using sustainable energy sources such as solar power, natural lighting, heat pumps, etc.
Reduced Use of Water
Water is as essential to life as air is. Water usage can also be reduced and recycled to be used again and again. Reduced usage is not only good for our environment, but it also reduces your water bill — a significant cost in both large and small-scale facilities.
Low-stream fixtures use around 40% less water than standard faucets. Most facilities use drinking water for all uses. However, grey water can easily be recycled for flushing. Likewise, effluent water (wastewater) that is treated can be used in centrifugal water-cooled chillers, cooling towers, and pumps, which helps reuse the water effectively.
Reducing and Controlling CO2Emissions
CO2emissions are the result of burning petroleum products to provide cooling, heating, lighting, and power for various equipment and electrical needs. CO2 is also released from building materials used in construction and maintenance. MEP consultants are in the business of creating and inventing new dynamic building designs with effective warming, ventilation, cooling, and plumbing systems with the least CO2emissions.
Efficient Power Utilization
K2D consultants have a key goal to decrease power and energy usage at every opportunity. This is a long-term competitive edge for building owners, occupants, visitors, and every single one of us. MEP consultants have multiple strategies to accomplish this end goal. A few include:
- Using sustainable power sources like solar-based systems.
- Understanding and designing for specific size and area requirements.
- Properly sized warming and cooling frameworks.
- Advanced automated controls for lighting, warming, cooling, and other requirements such as computers and other office equipment.
- A full professional understanding of power utilization
Incorporating Equipment with a High Coefficient of Performance (COP)
Working with architects and building owners, MEP consultants are able to find the balance between one-time equipment costs and long-term energy costs. Equipment having a high coefficient of performance consumes less energy and contributes to the overall reduction in power consumption. High efficiency of systems can also be achieved by proper installation and regular maintenance, which ensures better functioning of the complete facility environment. MEP consultants also take responsibility for defining ease and proper maintenance that adds to the long-term sustainability of the facility’s wholeness.
K2D — Helping Build a Greener Tomorrow, Today
K2D provides specific solutions to your project challenges. Our MEP consultants are highly trained and experienced. We work closely with architects and owners to provide successful coordination of building systems. K2D provides the best design solutions that are cost-effective today and well into the future. Today’s facilities must be built to last many decades with the foresight to ensure a maximum lifecycle.
For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact K2D Consulting Engineers, a Professional Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical (MEP) Firm in Los Angeles at 310.935.3773 or visit www.K2D.com to learn more.