Our building services engineers work closely with other construction professionals such as architects, structural engineers, and quantity surveyors. They ensure that a building is functional and safe, and play a significant role on the sustainability and energy demand of a building. New roles are emerging, within building services engineering, such as renewable energy, sustainability, low carbon foot print, and energy management. With buildings accounting for around 50% of all carbon emissions, building services engineers play a significant role in combating climate change. As such, a typical building services engineer has a wide-ranging career path:
Design : Designing and specifying the requirements for building services for residential and commercial developments.
Design Management : Design management is the business side of design, which aims to create the right environment to control and support a culture of creativity and innovation, and to embrace the iterative nature of design involving the many disciplines that, collectively, will deliver design solutions – and all at the same time as ensuring that an organisation’s commercial goals and objectives are achieved and that all is done in an ethically sound way. Typically the building service engineering installation is worth 30–40% of the total value of the completed building. Design management is not the same as project management. Project management focuses on a wider range of administrative skills but is not normally sympathetic to the peculiarities of delivering a fully coordinated functioning design, taking into account its unique nature and dealing with the changing requirements of clients and the external factors over which there is little control.
Execution: supervising the execution of the building services to ensure compliance with industry norms and standards, commissioning systems and ongoing maintenance and operation of services.
Environmental: developing new energy saving methods for construction, designing new and improved energy conservation systems for buildings.
Lightning Protection systems
Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs during an electrical storm. What is applicable to Building services trade is the discharge between a cloud and the ground. The charged regions in the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through this discharge referred to as a strike when it hits an object on the ground. Lightning causes light in the form of plasma, and sound in the form of thunder. Lightning may be seen and not heard when it occurs at a distance too great for the sound to carry as far as the light from the strike.
To prevent strike being hit at a building Lightning Protection systems are used. The oldest and the proven system is “Faraday Cage”
Security and Alarm Systems
Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm. It applies to any vulnerable and/or valuable asset, such as a person, dwelling, community, item, nation, or organization.
Security provides “a form of protection where a separation is created between the assets and the threat.” These separations are generically called “controls,” and sometimes include changes to the asset or the threat.
Visual security monitoring systems includes CCTV camera systems, which will not only show and record the live picture of the area that the camera is monitoring but gives an alarm when a intrusion happens to the monitored area.
An alarm device or system of alarm devices gives an audible, visual, or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition. Alarm devices are often outfitted with a siren.
Alarm devices include:
- Burglar alarms, designed to warn of burglaries; this is often a silent alarm: the police or guards are warned without indication to the burglar, which increases the chances of catching him or her.