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14 October 2021
Kuldeep Bwail

What Happens in Housing with Inferior Quality MEP Design?

We, as building occupants no longer accustomed to living in the wild, take for granted the level of comfort we enjoy indoors. Well ventilated rooms that are temperature controlled, running water and lights and gadgets that make us comfortable have become so much a matter of routine that anything else is incomprehensible.In the housing industry, especially involving large homebuilding projects, this level of comfort takes a whole lot of planning and near flawless MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) engineering design.

As the designers, builders and maintainers of what could be thought of as a structure’s respiratory system, regulating the very air it breathes, MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) engineers play a vital role in the construction process, including ensuring fresh, clean air flow to designing electronic and communications systems, to routing complex piping. Thus, MEP designers play a critical role in MEP design for residential projects.

Whether building services are designed together by the same MEP consultant and installed on site by different trade contractors or designed independently by different designers, MEP engineers must have a working knowledge of how different services work with and impact each other. The rapidly advancing field of smart house technology means that MEP engineers must be able to develop smart systems into lighting, communication systems and other systems.

Engineers providing comprehensive mechanical design must include the following:

  • HVAC systems
  • Direct digital control (DDC) systems
  • Chilled water systems
  • Heating water systems
  • Infection control HVAC

Electrical engineers designing electrical systems for homebuilders, in addition to routing electrical systems suitably, may develop smart lighting systems. Some of the services they offer include:

  • Analysing power generation needs and how to distribute that power
  • Integrating IT and AV systems with the electrical systems
  • Planning fire protection systems
  • Designing systems for standby power

Plumbing engineers plan the piping and sewage routes for housing, and design hot water supply, collection and storage of rainwater, so that water usage and water bills are reduced. They need to consider:

  • Low-flow bathroom fixtures
  • Insulated piping
  • Alternate water sources
  • Irrigation
  • Natural gas piping
  • Domestic warm and cold water
  • Acid waste piping
  • Storm drainage systems

These building services and the details involved in each service are critical to the health and comfort of a home and its occupants. In a large homebuilding project, the homebuilders may not develop MEP design, and sometimes, individual trade contractors for mechanical, electrical and plumbing services create the design. These situations may be primed for different layers of inconsistencies, which can result in unnecessary:

  • Delays
  • Clashes between building services
  • Expensive modifications

If MEP design and utility system design is not consistent and of high quality in a large homebuilding project:

  • It may be difficult to locate where supply pipes and sewage pipes join the main water supply and sewage lines.
  • Future repairs, maintenance or renovation could be plagued with difficulties and delays while working around a different route of connection from each home.

In such instances, it is vital to have accurate, precise and detailed MEP design and drafting services, so that homebuilders can follow a consistent approach. With a proper design in place, there is every chance that proper construction will ensue. Homebuilders require high-quality MEP CAD drafting services and plumbing design services to ensure the lasting comfort and well-being of their buyers and, as a result, their reputations.

XS CAD has valuable experience providing MEP engineering design services and MEP CAD drafting services for building services design consultants, mechanical contractors, utility contractors and general contractors. Our range of services for global consultants and contractors include plumbing design services, utility system design services, MEP design and drafting services, MEP design for residential projects, MEP coordination drawings and modelling services. We create these models and drawings using Revit, AutoCAD, MEP BIM processes and BIM Collaborate Pro for cloud collaboration.