What is building services design and why does it matter?

What is building services design and why does it matter?

Well thought out building services design is an essential step in any construction or building refurbishment/upgrade project – but what exactly is it, and how does it benefit you?

Essentially, building services design is the process of ensuring that your building is fully equipped for use, planning how the mechanical and electrical elements of your build come together to provide a comfortable, serviceable environment. But that’s not all…

With so many news items focusing on the debilitating effects of CO2 emissions and their connection to climate change, one of the key benefits of building services design nowadays is to install systems that reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability.

Effective building services design requires expert consultants and engineers – preferably who can also manage the installation and ongoing support for a consistent and quality service.


What does the building services design process cover?

Building services design can span a wide range of different services, but the most common aspects to this part of the construction/re-fit process are:

Mechanical services

  • Gas and electricity supplies
  • Renewable/solar energy systems
  • HVAC – heating, ventilation and air conditioning services
  • Escalators and lifts

Electrical services

  • Lighting design
  • Power, data and communication systems
  • Voltage optimisation
  • Security systems

Building services design and energy efficiency

Whether you’re building from scratch or looking to upgrade the mechanical and electrical services within your premises, there are lots of ways that a solid design can help to minimise energy use and associated costs.

For refurbishments, assessing and analysing the efficiency of your existing systems is the first step to identifying the best energy-saving technology. It may be that you require your lighting changing to LEDs, or having solar PV solutions installed to produce green energy on-site while minimising pollution. There are many different strategies that can be implemented, offering financial and environmental benefits that are well worth the initial investment.


The importance of independence

Like anything you invest in, building services design can vary greatly in quality. For the best results, it’s wise to find a provider who acts completely independently, so that you get the best mechanical and electrical engineering solutions for your requirements, not their profits.

Independent consultants and engineers will be able to compare all products and systems across the marketplace, rather than tying you into a potentially less efficient solution due to an existing affiliation.

Here at Hawley Building Services, we’re completely autonomous, ensuring an ethical and transparent service that has energy efficiency and exceptional performance as the focus at all times. Our turn-key services also means that you get everything you need from one trusted, reputable supplier – if you’d like to chat with one of our building services design experts without obligation, please call us on 0333 8000 771.