7 MEP Trends You Need to Know in 2018

2017 has been a great year for the construction industry, especially for the field of MEP Engineering. The year saw MEP engineers undertake new challenges and overcome them successfully to drive the construction industry towards global sustainability and building performance. MEP engineering consultants in Dubai have worked towards developing green buildings and their work reflected factors like use of renewable energy sources, water conservation, minimum solid waste, etc. The Development of Sustainability on the MEP Front The overall scenario of MEP services in construction is changing rapidly. MEP consultants are seen working more on the use of environmentally favourable products and reducing the impact of the building on the environment. The revolution towards sustainability was a must and it has been initiated successfully. Buildings in UAE have already started taking their steps towards achieving complete sustainability for new projects as well as in retrofitting and refurbishment. As of 2018, several new trends are forecast to be seen in the construction industry. The new year is expected to usher in a new era of advanced technological use for design and modelling in construction. MEP Trends for 2018 in Dubai So, without further ado, here are some of the main trends that will dominate the MEP sector of the construction industry in Dubai in 2018. Zero Energy Emission Buildings MEP Engineers have … Continue reading 7 MEP Trends You Need to Know in 2018

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Sustainable Building Design Basics: Requirement, Process, and Strategy

Sustainability has taken over all the industries in the world and the construction industry is no exception to this. After the widespread increase in awareness about sustainability, it has become essential to create a sustainable building design for new construction projects, from the smallest to the biggest and the most large-scale ones. To do this successfully, we need to first understand what exactly is sustainable design for buildings, how can it be created and what strategies should be used to do so effectively. The Requirements of Sustainable Building Design According to the U.S. General Services Administration, a sustainable building must use environmentally preferred products, minimize non-renewable energy source consumption, optimize the potential of the site and enhance indoor environmental quality. Along with this, it should also optimize operational practices and save maintenance costs. It should also focus on the conservation of water. A sustainable building design must fulfil the primary objective of low environment impact. It should focus on basic aims of sustainability like the elimination of solid waste, reduction of air, water and soil pollution, replacement of non-renewable energy usage by renewable energy sources like solar generators and heaters. It should protect the environmental life cycle and enhance the natural ecology around the building. Along with all this, care must be taken to create the healthy indoor environment. Process … Continue reading Sustainable Building Design Basics: Requirement, Process, and Strategy

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The Role of Sustainability in MEP Services

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Services are a vital part of the infrastructural industry in Dubai. Traditionally, the MEP industry has been focused on compliance-based implementation in the design and executive processes. However, with the rising awareness about global climate change and the need for construction to adhere to the reduce-recycle-reuse policy, these services now need to follow the current trends of sustainability. Sustainability has now become the most important part of any new project. The primary reasons for this are the need for environmental protection and optimum utilisation of resources to reduce wastage. The Current Scenario for Sustainability in MEP Services The basic idea of sustainability in MEP starts from maintaining an equilibrium through careful evaluation of material selection, initial costs, and energy consumption. MEP Engineers across the world have come up with different ideas that focus on how sustainable processes and resources can be used to reduce impact of the construction industry on the environment. Proper selection of high-performance equipment and precise sizing of the construction site is the key in these processes. Harnessing energy from simple methods such as daylight harvesting, geothermal heating, photovoltaic collectors and cooling systems. The overall design synthesis should be taken care of and should be following every possible discipline in order with minimizing the carbon footprint of the project. Challenges for Sustainability in … Continue reading The Role of Sustainability in MEP Services

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5 New Trends in Commercial Buildings in Dubai

Dubai is a city widely known for its combination of business and luxury, renowned across the world as a paradise for tourists. In the past years, Dubai has transformed its skyline with inspired and creative architecture. There has always been a constant development and change in the architecture and design of commercial buildings. The development in the fields of interior designing and architecture is continuously influenced by conflicting trends. At times, building everything to be more exceptional and extraordinary than ever before is the norm; at others the trend is to build everything as fast as possible, which needs standard methods and materials to be used. In the current scenario, commercial interior designers and MEP consultants are aware of the fact that commercial building interiors in Dubai need to be distinct and creative. They are also expected to be efficient, elegant, and extremely cost-effective. The interior spaces need to be designed such that the clients and customers would feel welcome, which is why interior designing and architecture of commercial buildings is considered a tricky affair. Some of the recent trends in interior designing in the commercial sector in Dubai include: 1. Keeping it Open and Breezy Open spaces have become very popular in recent times as they provide the employees with an option to either get away from unwanted distractions … Continue reading 5 New Trends in Commercial Buildings in Dubai

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Investing in Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future

The global awareness campaigns across the world and the decisive steps being taken to reduce fossil fuel emissions have brought renewable energy sources to the forefront in the construction and development industry. Many developers are tapping into renewable energy for sustainable building design portending an impressive growth for the renewables sector. Need for Investing in Renewable Energy Renewable energy is fast-becoming a way of life, instead of being considered merely as an alternative source of fuel. There are several reasons that have contributed to this rapid growth in the popularity of renewables, making investment in sustainable sources a smart idea. #1. Rise in Market Share of Renewable Energy The market share of renewable energy is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to a report published by BNEF, renewable energy sources are expected to account for over 60% of the total new energy generated by 2030, while the contribution of fossil fuels is anticipated to reduce to 46%. Hydropower and passive solar building design are expected to dominate the sustainable design sector, with rooftop solar becoming a popular option in developing nations. #2. Increased Funding for Research and Development There has been a substantial increase in the funding for research in renewable energy, with innovative designs being created every day. Many investors are ready to appropriate a portion of their budgets … Continue reading Investing in Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future

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4 Challenges Faced by MEP Consultants in Dubai – An Insider’s Perspective

The MEP industry has seen rapid advancement in technology and innovation over the past decade, making the building services engineering processes smoother and more efficient than ever before. However, the new era brings with itself a new set of challenges for MEP consultants in Dubai, which need to be identified and overcome by companies for continuing their streak of successful projects. Here are the 4 principal challenges faced by MEP consultants. #1  Keeping Up with Technology Technology is at the heart of MEP design and system development. Every MEP engineer worth his steam table knows the importance of staying abreast of the new trends in technology in the constructional design sector. In addition, it is imperative that engineers and consultants keep themselves updated with the changes in local codes and regulations, issued by their respective municipalities. The recent increase in adopting the BIM approach for system design is an excellent example. BIM consultants and service providers in the UAE need to smartly identify the areas where BIM modelling is essential and familiarise themselves with the technique accordingly. #2 Reigning in the Budgets MEP consultants are often caught in a catch-22 kind of situation, with clients wanting to explore all the available options and contractors concerned about keeping the project budget under control. In such a scenario, it is the responsibility of … Continue reading 4 Challenges Faced by MEP Consultants in Dubai – An Insider’s Perspective

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5 Ways to Improve Building Sustainability Using MEP Design Strategies

Economical MEP answers for your building Regardless of whether you are in the development stage, claim a more seasoned building, or are hoping to patch up minor requirements for better building performance, the best MEP consultants can address your needs and requirements for making your building more efficient. Some of the following strategies can be useful for advanced building performance and system efficiency. #1 Controlling CO2 Emissions The majority of carbon dioxide emissions from structures can be attributed to the burning of petroleum products to give cooling, heating, lighting, and power for various day-to-day appliances and electrical gear. Other carbon dioxide emanations can be ascribed to the materials used in building construction and maintenance. Structures can diminish the measure of carbon dioxide they emanate with dynamic building designs. Utilizing the most effective warming, ventilation, and aerating and cooling frameworks, alongside appropriate support of these frameworks can guarantee the largest amounts of execution, bringing down the level of discharges. Utilizing privately-sourced construction materials, diminishing water use, and utilizing reused content for buildings can likewise diminish a building’s carbon dioxide emanations. #2 Cutting Back on Energy Consumption in HVAC and lighting General building configuration can decide the measure of lighting, warming, and cooling a building will require. According to the Annual Statistics Report published by DEWA, the Residential sector was responsible for … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Building Sustainability Using MEP Design Strategies

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6 Best Practices for MEP Systems Design, Operation, and Optimization

MEP design is an integral part of the overall performance of the building. It hence follows that appropriate care must be taken to ensure that all MEP systems are designed and operated to achieve optimum efficiency. People often assume that the system must conform to the ideal module to as large an extent as possible. However, this is not always true. Over-designing of systems has often had as bad an impact on the energy efficiency as a poorly designed system. Need for Best Practices in MEP Design and Operation Before we move on to the what, we need to first address the why. The first question that comes to one’s mind when we talk about best practices for systems design, is this really necessary? Well, in a single word, yes. Absolutely. MEP in construction correlates directly to the efficiency of the building and its holistic performance, which in turn impacts the energy consumed by the building. This energy consumed is directly proportional to the global energy consumption, which directly impacts our environment. As this is a cumulative effect, it is imperative that every building’s energy efficiency be taken care of right at the root cause, by optimizing building performance with best design practices. What are the Best Practices for MEP Design and Operation? Here, we see the 6 simple, yet … Continue reading 6 Best Practices for MEP Systems Design, Operation, and Optimization

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Highlights of the Kuwait HVAC&R Conference 2017

It was a great pleasure for CEC to be a part of the Kuwait HVAC&R Conference on 8th-9th November, 2107. The convention was an excellent forum to understand the challenges for sustainable building design through reduction of power consumption and discuss the methodologies to overcome them successfully. The central focus of the conference was the role of HVAC system efficiency in sustainable architecture and the need for effective measures by MEP design services to boost the same. Kuwait has steadily risen to have the highest per capita consumption in the world, which is nearly twenty times that of a regular consumer. There are several factors responsible for this excessive use of electricity, including massive energy subsidies and extensive fuel reserves. Coming to the power-consumer spectrum, the residential sector is found to be the biggest consumer of energy in terms of electricity, with 74% of the total share. Inspecting further, the cooling and ventilation application is responsible for 79% of this sector. It can be thus seen that HVAC systems have a direct impact on the total energy consumed by the country and hence, concrete efforts need to be made to increase their efficiency. This need is based on the recent Paris agreement for climate control made by a majority of the nations in the world, which aims to curb the … Continue reading Highlights of the Kuwait HVAC&R Conference 2017

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Dubai Building Index: An Integrated Approach to Improving Building Lifecycle Performance

The recent Consultant Contractor Conference, held in September, in Dubai saw a spirited discussion amongst the good and great of Dubai’s construction sector about the varied approaches in place today to improve building performance. Given the fact that shelter has moved from being a fundamental requirement to an expansive sector in itself, comprising of all the knick-knacks required for an improved lifestyle, it is imperative that high building performance be made a priority. However, despite the fact that high building performance is the need of the hour and is talked about a lot, it still feels like a castle in the air. This shortcoming inspired the innovative concept of the ‘Dubai Building Index’, an integrated approach to increasing building performance for its entire lifecycle. Construction sector should get governed based on the geographical and climatic conditions with a concept of building index which will be an actual representation of the quality of building & actual energy consumption of the same. Let’s assume a concept of ‘Dubai Building Index’, for Dubai. We dig into the bones of this concept of Dubai Building Index here, to understand how it can be useful and helpful to all stakeholders of construction sector. Building Performance Can Further our Resolve in Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. Source: World GBC What is the Dubai Building Index? At … Continue reading Dubai Building Index: An Integrated Approach to Improving Building Lifecycle Performance

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