Mechanical 200


Mechanical 200

March 29, 2023

“Maison tournante aérienne” 1883 Albert Robida

During today’s colloquium we audit the literature that sets the standard of care for mechanical engineering design, construction operations and maintenance. Mechanical systems — which includes building service engineering* — runs upwards of 35 percent of new building construction.   After architectural disciplines that produce the building envelope, the mechanical disciplines dominate technical considerations for building and maintaining education community physical spaces.  The requirements that affect cost change on a near-daily basis and now given heightened scrutiny of building air flow patterns with the circumstances of the pandemic.

For the moment, we co-locate plumbing and mechanical system consensus products in the same group.

We track standards setting in the bibliographies of the following organizations:

AHRI | Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute

AIHA | American Industrial Hygiene Association

ASHRAE | American Society of Heating & Refrigeration Engineers

ASME | American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASPE | American Association of Plumbing Engineers

ASTM | American Society for Testing & Materials

AWWA | American Water Works Association

AHRI | Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute

IAPMO | International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

IEC | International Electrotechnical Commission

IMC | International Mechanical Code

IPC | International Plumbing Code

ISEA | International Safety Equipment Association

ISO | International Organization for Standardization

NFPA | National Fire Protection Association

SEFA | Scientific Equipment & Furniture Association

SMACNA | Sheet Metal Contractors National Association

UL | Underwriters Laboratories

(All relevant OSHA Standards)

It is a large domain.

* Building services engineers are responsible for the design, installation, operation and monitoring of the technical services in buildings (including mechanical, electrical and public health systems, also known as MEP or HVAC), in order to ensure the safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly operation. Building services engineers work closely with other construction professionals such as architects, structural engineers and quantity surveyors. Building services engineers influence the architectural design of building, in particular facades, in relation to energy efficiency and indoor environment, and can integrate local energy production (e.g. façade-integrated photovoltaics) or community-scale energy facilities (e.g. district heating). Building services engineers therefore play an important role in the design and operation of energy-efficient buildings (including green buildings, passive houses and zero energybuildings.  uses. With buildings accounting for about a third of all carbon emissions] and over a half of the global electricity demand, building services engineers play an important role in the move to a low-carbon society, hence mitigate global warming.


Mechanical Engineering / DRAFT AGENDA

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