High-Performance Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical and Controls Systems
For more efficient, valuable, and sustainable buildings, it is critical to
focus on engineered systems and building automation. In addition to
driving the functionality and life cycle value of the most facilities, today’s
mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (M/E/P) and controls systems also account
for a large percentage of the construction budget and the majority of
the operating costs of most building types.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
? List and describe basic approaches to building
M/E/P systems design, such as cogeneration,
underfloor air, chilled beams, and uninterruptible
? Compare the various approaches to M/E/P
systems and controls that contribute to sustainable
and high-performance buildings.
? Understand the role of building controls and
automation systems in sustainable and highperformance