When a new building is constructed in the modern age, it will be designed by the architect but with the help of consulting engineers. As well as consulting engineers however, building services engineers will be employed to ensure that the structure has the minimum impact on the environment. Conserving the environment is a key issue for all new builds, and for this reason building services engineering has been growing as a field in the last decades.
Building services engineers are also known in some countries as architectural engineers, and they are responsible for the installation, design, and operation of electrical systems within a building as well as the monitoring of mechanical equipment. Through the use of building services engineering experts, modern buildings are safe and friendly and serve the local community to an outstandingly high level.
Building services engineering comprise both electrical engineering as well as mechanical engineering, and also includes public health and plumbing. The job of a building service engineer can be very varied, and may include the installation of IT networks, gas and electricity supplies, escalators and lifts, fire detection equipment, air conditioning, renewable energy sources, low voltage switch gear, drainage, refrigeration, and natural and artificial lighting.
With ever-increasing pressure being put on architects to design structures that are environmentally friendly and that use sustainable energy, the job of the building service engineer is becoming even more prominent than in years gone by. Modern buildings for the public are expected to use low carbon techniques, and provide access for all the public including those with mobility issues.
A modern hospital for example, will be required to give not just the best health care to its patients, but to provide the highest grade of facilities possible. Very few public buildings in the UK are now designed without air conditioning units, and fire detection equipment is essential for compliance with rigid standards set down in the UK. Building services engineering therefore not only concentrates on providing equipment within a building that is safe, but that is friendly to the environment. Natural light and renewable energy sources will be used where at all possible to cool and or heat a build and solar panels and passive house design for builds is now becoming almost as popular as in other countries in Europe such as Germany, where the idea for passivhaus originally came from.
Building services engineering experts are employed to ensure that the public are safe at all times when visiting public buildings. Elevators need to work at all times, and escalators should simply never break down. Whereas an architect will design the look of the build with the help of a structural engineer to ensure that the build is safe, a building service engineer will concentrate on the internal affairs of the new build to ensure that it provides the public with all the services that they require. Modern public buildings need to comply to strict regulations, and with the help of building services engineers, public buildings are safe and friendly places that serve the community with pride.