When building, people are often amazed at the floorplan, visual aspects of the structure, and the timeline.
The behind-the-scenes (or in our case the behind-the-walls) elements don’t garner much attention. Yet the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems keep people comfortable.
What are MEP Systems?
MEP stands for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. Let’s break down each system here:
- Mechanical. Mechanical systems include heating and cooling systems, allowing people to stay comfortable inside, no matter the temperature outside.
- Electrical. Electrical systems keep us connected. We all know how inconvenient it is when the electricity goes out. Electrical systems keep the lights on and other systems running.
- Plumbing. Plumbing systems provide clean water for drinking, bathing, and cleaning while removing wastewater.
What is MEP Engineering?
MEP Engineering is the design and construction of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in a building or residence. MEP engineers, or consulting firms, are often used when large buildings are being constructed. They design, estimate costs, and build MEP systems so that the interior spaces are ideal for comfort at home or work.
Benefits of MEP Engineering
It may seem pretty straightforward to install heating, cooling, lighting, and plumbing in a building. When done poorly, it can result in uncomfortable conditions: too hot or too cold, poor lighting, noisy HVAC systems, and inefficient use of energy.
When strategically designed, MEP engineering can:
- Lower costs
- Improve lighting
- Improve heating and cooling
- Solve water or plumbing issues
- Conserve water
- Conserve energy
- Automate building systems
- Improve concentration and mood in the workplace
- Increase comfort
While MEP Engineering may not be necessary for a single-family home, thoughtful planning and design in offices and multi-unit residences is essential.