Philip explained the role of the building services engineer and what aspects of the design they were traditionally responsible for. He also explained what building services engineering actually involved including: mechanical and electrical engineering; heating and cooling; Ventilation; lighting and overall distribution of services.
Philip took the teams through different methods of heating and cooling and rules of thumb calculations for required heating/cooling loads. This was followed by a worked example, which took the teams through the calculation itself. Philip continued by explaining the types of ventilation which can be used within buildings, which included: natural; mechanical and mixed mode ventilation. Again, Philip took the teams through the rules of thumb calculations associated with ventilation and included a worked example.
Philip explained the different modes of lighting available and the appropriateness of each in certain design environments, again Philip identified rules of thumb calculations and took the teams through worked examples.
Finally, Philip illustrated the importance of early coordination regarding the distribution of services and their routes not only for installation but also for maintenance purposes. Philip identified service routes can be split between floors and ceilings for different purposes.
Philip sat down with each team and went through a proposed MEP design for each of the projects, which included heating, cooling and ventilation, lighting and distribution for a single level.