Indoor Air Quality: 7 Pollutants Architectural Engineers Want you to Watch Out For

When property owners are considering upgrades for their HVAC systems, plenty of attention is given to energy savings. However, providing healthy conditions for occupants is also very important to architectural engineers and other engineering professionals. There is a common misconception that indoor air quality costs extra energy, but you can achieve both efficiency and air quality with the right design choices. Although there are many types of air pollutants, the US Environmental Protection Agency [...]

Heating and Cooling Upgrades: Where to Start? Architectural Engineers Have This Advice

Space heating represents the highest energy use in many buildings. In addition, domestic hot water and space cooling systems use less energy than space heating, but they are also among the top five building systems that use the most energy. According to architectural engineers, a building can reduce its energy consumption dramatically by replacing its existing heating and cooling systems with modern and high-efficiency equipment. However, before proceeding with a large-scale building upgrade [...]

Selecting the Right Type of Electrical Raceway for your Architectural Engineering Project: Nonmetallic Conduit Options

Our previous article covered the main types of metallic conduit for electrical conductors, and now we will discuss nonmetallic conduit and its applications in architectural engineering and other engineering areas. Nonmetallic conduit is normally the more affordable option, providing improved electrical isolation and corrosion resistance, while reducing the degree of physical protection. Like with metallic conduit, all electrical installations must be according to the NFPA National Electric Code and local electrical codes. Conductors are [...]

Tips for Managing Your Design, Construction and Architectural Engineering Team

One of the key elements of project success is an effective leader that has the ability to turn a group of individuals into a well-functioning team. However, managing a design and architectural engineering team is no easy task. From assigning the workload, budgeting out time and costs, and gaining the proper sign-offs, the responsibilities are endless. It is understandably difficult to juggle all these tasks, while still maintaining workmanship quality throughout the process. A good management [...]

Importance of Property Condition Assessment in Architectural Engineering

Buildings depend on various engineering systems to operate properly, and their condition is not always evident when a building is leased or bought. There are cases where maintenance issues are easy to detect due to their negative aesthetic impact, for example when a wall has cracks or its paint has peeled off over time. On the other hand, major issues related with key building systems tend to be hidden, and can only be detected if the [...]

Remote Collaboration With Architectural Engineers and Other Construction Personnel

Modern information technologies are changing all business sectors in one way or another, and engineering firms are no exception to this. It is now possible to design and build a project without having the entire staff at the project’s location. Architectural engineers sometimes view this approach with skepticism, but it brings many advantages: Companies with operations in multiple cities, states or countries are no longer required to have a fully-staffed team at each branch [...]

Architectural Engineering: Benefits and Recommendations of Building Retrofits

Many large cities have an ambitious emissions reduction target, meaning that existing buildings will require significant upgrades in their architectural engineering to reduce their environmental footprint. New constructions normally achieve superior energy performance compared with retrofitted buildings but demolishing and rebuilding an existing property is extremely expensive and unfeasible in most cases. A building retrofit that is well planned and executed can cut down building energy consumption by around 50%, while emissions decrease by [...]

Architectural Engineers Detail Ventilation System Configurations

Human activity generates a broad range of compounds that become dangerous in high-enough concentrations, and pollutants from outdoor sources can also degrade indoor air quality. Architectural engineers are often charged with the job of preventing this from occurring as much as possible. Ventilation systems keep these substances at low levels by constantly renewing indoor air, and they also contribute to keeping moisture within the range of 30 to 60 percent as recommended by ASHRAE. Without ventilation, it would [...]

Architectural Engineers Weigh in on Improving Indoor Air Quality to Reduce Allergies

Many air pollutants are notorious for their ability to trigger allergic reactions such as rhinitis or even asthma attacks, and their concentrations increase when no efforts are carried out to preserve indoor air quality. Architectural engineers know the importance of indoor air quality and advise others often on how to improve it in their spaces. The following are some of the most common allergens found inside built environments: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Mold Dust [...]