Architectural engineering deals with the technical aspects of buildings and for that reason it is also known as building engineering. To be functional, a building must have structural, mechanical and electrical systems that are properly designed and installed. These systems make built environments safe and suitable for human occupancy.
Architectural engineers should not be confused with architects, who focus more on the aesthetic aspects of buildings. In simple terms, architects design the appearance and layout of buildings, while architectural engineers apply technical principles to make the project feasible. However, note that architects also receive technical training, and there is some overlap between both roles; many professional architects are also architectural engineers.
Failure to meet building codes is a common cause of delays, and clients benefit from completing their projects as soon as possible. This is especially true when developing residential or commercial spaces for rent since the building can start receiving tenants and charging rent sooner.
- Errors during the design phase do not have a high material cost because there is no physical work to modify, but they extend the project approval process.
- Errors during construction are more expensive to correct since the contractor must dismount equipment or demolish actual work.
With architectural engineering services from qualified professionals, you can ensure all the underlying system in your building are well designed and code-compliant. The benefits start with the design and construction phase since you can speed up project approval.