A qualified building services engineer can make all the difference when it comes to commercial construction. They perform multiple roles in ensuring if a building is ready for human occupancy, whether new or recently renovated. The building services or construction engineer is responsible for establishing that the buildings are compliant and don’t fall below the minimum standards.
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Building services engineers are responsible for the design and installation of technical services in a building. Then, they monitor their ongoing operations so they continue to function correctly and safely.
Each state has different codes to enforce, and California’s Building Standards has 29 codes that regulate different aspects of a building such as:
- Fire alarms
- Handicap accessibility
- Plumbing codes
- Security systems
- Electrical codes
- Green environmental design
- Mechanical codes
There are a number of areas that are critical to a building’s operation that fall under an engineer’s purview, and that includes lighting. Not only do they consume an enormous amount of energy, but lights also are extremely expensive. An engineer can monitor their consumption, which can lower power bills. Even installing automation sensors or other smart technology can limit their usage and increase savings.
Energy efficiency can go a step further by making other aspects of the building’s management and maintenance environmentally friendly. A number of renewable energy systems exist which can be implemented when the building is constructed or remodelled. Solar water heaters, fuel cell systems, or even biomass heating could be great investments that an engineer may consider. A good building management system can regulate energy so it is consumed in the most efficient manner.
Commercial Building HVAC Maintenance
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are used to maintain internal air quality and regulate the internal temperature and humidity in a building. The HVACs used are among the largest and most complex for commercial buildings. If not monitored and kept up-to-date, it can seriously affect the health of people within the building as well as cause damage to the structure. HVAC expenses are normally the largest energy expenditure for a building, so its maintenance or upgrade is at the top of the list for an engineer to watch.
Commercial pumping systems
Commercial buildings require an elaborate pumping system in order to provide water to the upper floors as well as to the fire sprinkler systems. It also has to go through the building’s HVAC system for any systems that require heat. The biggest concerns that can affect a building’s pump system are cavitation and the water hammer or component. If they are not maintained, the damage to the equipment can be drastic and costly.
If the pumping system needs to be upgraded, like the lighting or HVAC equipment, consider motor upgrades and controlling the pump speed. In fact, since the pumping and HVAC system work closely together (i.e. AC systems), if they are upgraded at the same time, it is better from a financial and building energy standpoint.