Mechanical building services consultants are responsible for ensuring a cost-effective, environmentally sound, sustainable design and the maintenance of energy-using elements in buildings. As such, they are essential to the Governments’ aim in reducing carbon emissions.
In order to achieve this, working closely with architects and other engineers, they make use of equipment and materials involved with: heating, air conditioning, water, drainage and plumbing , ventilation and refrigeration, public health engineering and work with utility suppliers such as those that supply gas, water and renewable sources.
Mechanical building services account for around 30% of the capital and 50% of the operating cost for a typical office, and substantially more in highly serviced buildings such as hospitals. They play a central role in creating a successful project and a successful building and are certainly the first thing noticed when not working well – e.g. cold draughts.