Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Method
At the core of our design philosophy is an intelligent, rigorous and building-centred approach to mechanical and electrical engineering services design. All our engineers are fully trained in all aspects of building services – both mechanical and electrical engineering. This results in a truly integrated design approach.
Engineering is a creative profession and our team come from a wide range of backgrounds so that we can bring fresh perspectives and alternative thinking to projects. We provide an open and intelligent approach to mechanical and electrical engineering by focussing on what is right for the building and the client. We are not afraid to go back to first principles where required but we have the experience to quickly appraise options and consider risks carefully to ensure buildings are delivered on time and on budget.
Our analysis of the building using computer modelling and our initial advice on such issues as shading, daylighting and thermal performance often have the greatest effect on shaping the building and ensuring a sustainable, low-energy design can be realised.
Often the most challenging questions we need to address during the design process are not the precise details of the building systems but the more fundamental questions about the fabric of the building and how it will behave and respond to the environment and how this affects sustainability – the building physics.
The main issues we usually need to consider include:
- Shading and solar gain
- Daylighting, glare and window design
- Thermal mass
- Summertime comfort and avoiding overheating
- Natural ventilation
- Insulation and heat loss
It is crucial that our proposals for projects are evaluated against these criteria to ensure that we will have buildings which will provide comfortable conditions at all times with a robust, efficient and easy-to-maintain engineering services installation.
We use a wide range of tools, including computer modelling, to inform our understanding of how the building will behave and to optimise the form and fabric of the buildings. Our software includes Revit MEP, AutoCAD, Hevacomp, NBS, PHPP (Passive House), Stroma, IES Virtual Environment and EDSL Tas.
Putting the client in control
Our methods are collaborative and allow stakeholders to make informed decisions about the project by providing them with objective assessments about the effectiveness and environmental impact of development proposals. We will then develop proposals in conjunction with stakeholders and monitor performance against agreed benchmarks.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
We see BIM as a standardised and collaboratively tailored process that benefits the project and client alike. We work collaboratively with stakeholders and the design team to deliver a successful BIM-implemented project. This includes the use of BIM Level 2 compliant standards and a Common Data Environment (CDE). We have six authorising BIM software licenses, (Autodesk Revit 2015, 2016 & 2017) which we use to deliver the projects. The early adoption and implementation of BIM brings benefits which include:
- Significant improvement in the operational and maintenance costs
- Reduced risk, with improved cost certainty, through the collaborative design development in line with RIBA Workstages
- Reduction of onsite coordination issues, creating significant time and cost savings
- Increase in the use of prefabrication solutions, for faster project construction
- Visualisations of the finished project prior to its completion
- Reduced risk to contractors tendering for the project with financial savings
- One common repository for all information to be stored, exchanged and developed
- The client getting what they were expecting on handover
For more information about M&E Engineering at Method contact Antony Bursey (antony NULL.bursey null@null methodllp NULL.com).