Using Proper MEP Engineering to Protect Water Booster Pumps from Cavitation

Booster pumps play a very important role in ensuring a continuous water supply. In the absence of a booster system, most buildings only get a reliable water supply for the first five floors. For this same reason, keeping booster pumps under optimal operating conditions is a very important part of MEP engineering, and one of the main causes of impeller failure is an hydraulic phenomenon called cavitation. This article will provide an overview [...]

2018-09-18T15:05:38+00:00 MEP Engineering|

Heat Source Comparison: Heating Oil and Natural Gas According to MEP Engineers

Heating oil and natural gas are both fossil fuels, but they have very different properties. At room temperature, one is a viscous liquid while the other is a gas. For a given heating output, there is also a difference in the amount of natural gas or heating oil that must be burned, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions produced. Heating oil is normally measured in gallons, while natural gas is measured in [...]

2018-09-18T14:58:46+00:00 MEP Engineering|

What MEP Engineers Want you to Know About Types of Electric Heat Pumps and Their Advantages

Before designing the space heating and domestic hot water systems of a building, a key step for MEP engineers is to determine the energy source to run these appliances. Natural gas or fuel oil combustion comes with a lower operating cost than electric resistance heating, but these fuels produce emissions and require an exhaust system. On the other hand, electric heaters have the potential to be emissions-free if they run with solar or wind power. Resistance heaters [...]

2018-11-15T18:20:53+00:00 MEP Engineering|

MEP Engineering in Upgrading Space Cooling Systems for Multifamily Buildings

Most space cooling systems are powered by electricity, but some of the larger buildings also use absorption chillers powered by natural gas or district steam. Only space heating, plug loads and lighting consume more energy than space cooling in NYC. There is a significant opportunity for MEP engineering to improve cooling efficiency in the multifamily residential sector, where almost half of all buildings use inefficient air conditioning systems: Window-type air conditioners Through-the-wall air conditioners [...]

2018-09-17T21:25:37+00:00 MEP Engineering|

How MEP Engineers Explain Radiant Floor Heating and Its Benefits

Radiant floor heating consists of delivering heat through the existing floor surface, as opposed to using air ducts or baseboard heaters. The upfront cost of radiant floor heating is generally higher than that of other systems, since it is necessary for MEP engineers to install hot water piping or electrical wiring under the floor. However, this is compensated by improved comfort and energy efficiency. According to the US Department of Energy, space heating is [...]

2018-09-17T20:49:21+00:00 MEP Engineering|

Simplify Your MEP Engineering Design: Put an End to Over-Engineering

The “more is better” mindset does not always apply in MEP engineering projects. Over-engineered components often increase project costs without providing any real benefits, and there are many cases where excessive capacity in fact has negative consequences on performance and service life. Another type of over-engineering occurs when the system used for a specific application is too complex, and a much simpler solution would have been possible without compromising performance. General Disadvantages of Over-Engineering [...]

2018-09-17T20:32:28+00:00 MEP Engineering|

How to Manage Engineering and Construction Costs for your MEP Engineering Project

The construction process may seem straightforward, but a significant portion of the associated work happens in the background, even before activities begin at the project site. Architectural and MEP engineering design services ensure that functionality and safety are built into the project; and meeting building codes and permitting requirements is mandatory to carry out the project legally. Skipping requirements may result in hefty fees for the project owner, while professionals and contractors are exposed to [...]

2018-09-17T20:05:34+00:00 MEP Engineering|

MEP Engineering Tips: 7 Ways to Minimize Mechanical Space

In any MEP engineering project, the Mechanical equipment carries out a fundamental role in residential, commercial, and industrial locations, performing functions such as: Space cooling and heating Supplying chilled or hot water Refrigeration Ventilation Indoor humidity control These types of equipment and their associated ductwork and piping are notorious for their high space requirements, but there are several ways to make mechanical installations more compact. 1)      Installing Boilers as Close to the Roof as Possible Boilers [...]

2018-09-17T19:59:39+00:00 MEP Engineering|

Consulting with an MEP Engineering Professional: The First Step Towards Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is always beneficial for buildings since it translates into a direct reduction of operating expenses. This is especially true for electricity bills in large cities. However, consider that energy efficiency is an investment: capital is used upfront to achieve a greater long-term benefit. Just like investors seek advice to find the best way to allocate their capital, property owners should determine the best approach to implement energy efficiency before proceeding with [...]

2018-09-17T15:45:54+00:00 MEP Engineering|

Green Engineering: Why it Shouldn’t Be Cut From Your MEP Engineering Project’s Budget

Why Green Engineering Shouldn't Be Cut From Your Budget Green engineering is often overlooked in MEP engineering projects, in many cases because it is considered too expensive, but this is a misconception. If projects are compared based on upfront cost only, green engineering seems to have a high price; however, when the total cost of ownership through the entire project lifetime is considered, green engineering emerges as the cheapest alternative. There are plenty of reasons [...]

2018-09-17T15:15:00+00:00 MEP Engineering|