MEP engineers and architects involved in commercial construction constantly encounter new challenges in HVAC layout optimization from energy consumption viewpoint. A major chunk of energy consumption is accounted for HVAC systems in commercial buildings since it is operational all through the day; and sometimes at night as well in case of offices & hospitals etc. More or less, every building construction project harms environment and the construction waste pollutes air and soil.
Alongside achieving energy efficiency, providing comfort is an ongoing task for MEP engineers and architects as they need to coordinate their designs with high-performance buildings. Efforts to reduce energy consumption have led to emergence of energy codes and standards to achieve minimum possible energy requirements in new building construction projects & for renovation or refurbishment of existing facilities. Energy conservation codes and standards empower MEP engineers to develop and deploy components that are efficient in designs and aligned with latest smart technologies.
Benefits of adopting standards codes and guidelines
For one thing, standards and codes establish minimum requirement for safety and assures quality. By adhering to standard guidelines, necessity of frequent maintenance is essentially removed owing to standard equipment usage. With set standards, planning of layout for MEP contractors become easy, which is usually a cumbersome task in commercial construction projects.
Efficient layout planning in turn empowers MEP contractors to meet certain level of quality in installation. When the entire layout is planned as per codes and standards, it ensures uniformity across the construction project and causes ease in work for O&M teams for post installation works.
In addition to ease for AEC professionals, there are takeaways for facility owners and individual stakeholders too when codes and guidelines for HVAC layout are adhered to. Meeting minimum energy consumption for operating the facility exempts them from taxes resulting in monetary benefits.
Energy Efficiency Programs
To encourage the EPC firms, general contractors and facility owners for adopting the energy consumption codes and standards; state and federal governments ...