To provide suitable indoor conditions for humans, a building requires mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. MEP engineering is the professional field that deals with these building systems, making sure they are designed correctly and according to local building codes. In fact, the word MEP is an acronym with the initials of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
To create a suitable indoor environment for human occupants, you must deliver the right temperature and humidity conditions, along with a constant supply of fresh air. A constant water supply of adequate temperature is required, and there must be an electricity source for modern devices. The job of MEP engineers is to ensure these conditions are achieved in built environments, at an optimal cost and according to code.
MEP engineers combine technical knowledge and computer-based modeling to design mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Ideally, MEP systems should accomplish their intended function while minimizing ownership costs – upfront investment, operation, and maintenance.
You may have heard architects and engineers mentioning that each project is unique, and the same applies to the MEP systems within. In other words, providing recommendations for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems is not possible without a detailed analysis of building needs. Before designing MEP systems such as space heating, air conditioning, domestic hot water, and electrical installations, there are many important questions to answer. The following are some examples:
Professional MEP engineers can answer these questions and design building systems according to the needs of your property. Of course, if you are working with qualified professionals, the MEP design will also meet all local building codes.
MEP systems are characterized by having an ongoing cost after their installation: lighting systems consume electricity, most heating systems burn natural gas, and plumbing installations use the local water supply. Since all these inputs are billed, you can achieve significant long-term savings if MEP installations are designed for efficient operation.
When planning a new construction or a building renovation, it is strongly recommended that you hire MEP engineering services from qualified professionals. You save time on paperwork and permits by getting your project approved quickly, drawings and specifications are clear for contractors, maintenance becomes simpler, and you get ongoing savings from reduced utility bills.