What Your Mechanical Engineer Can Do for You?
“Only an ESD consultant can do ESD”
Specialisation in Australia has led to a vast amount of knowledge and ‘know-how’ being wasted. Worse we are paying for another level of consulting, which can be very well handled by your existing core consulting team (Architect and Engineers).
To ‘draw that duct’, your mechanical engineer has at his fingertips, all the sites; climate data (including rain, solar, wind, temperature, humidity and so); has evaluated your fabric; considered shading, day lighting, equipment efficiencies; wall temperatures and colours and the like.
With this information all the ESD output needed for a project can be delivered. The only thing missing is that you have just asked them to only ‘draw a duct’.
Some Items you might want to ask for are detailed below:
In addition to the above most consultancies offer; Green Star, NATHERS, LEED, NABERS.
How did this happen?
Engineering, of old, was appreciated for good engineering and practioners focussed on excelling in the delivery of drawings and specifications.
As CO2 and energy relevance ‘took off’ in recent years, ESD companies saw a market. The engineers kept focused on drawing that duct.
The delivery of low energy products (buildings) is a team effort. To keep us on the ‘straight and narrow’, we have the BCA. To make it easier to see reward for our efforts, we have developed schemes where we get stars or numbers or both.
A modern mechanical engineer has all the necessary skills to deliver and assist in delivering low energy products. Often no additional fee is required.
As ever, it’s down to individuals. Find someone who has a drive and passion and technical ability to deliver low energy products and that’s your best choice.
Author: Jorgen Knox
Original Post Date: 19/02/2015
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