building services handbook 6th edition pdf
Historically, building services have been little more than a few cables, pipes and ducts.
In the past half-century the role of mechanical and electrical (M & E) engineers, as
they were known, has transformed to architectural design team consultants and
construction site coordinators. The complexity and impact of building services has not
always been appreciated, as indicated by the architect Louis Kahn when in 1964 he
wrote disparagingly in World Architecture: “ I do not like ducts, I do not like pipes.
I hate them so thoroughly, I feel that they have to be given their place. If I just hated
them and took no care, I think they would invade the building and completely destroy
it. ” Designers now accept services as an integral part of a building and that they can
be accommodated within raised fl ooring and suspended ceilings. Some architects have
even featured the pipes and ducts on the outside of their designs, viz. the Pompidou
Centre in Paris (Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers) and the Lloyds Building in London
Today, sustainable design has political, economic and social importance to modern
buildings. Conservation and the control of diminishing fossil fuels, atmospheric
pollution and other ‘ green ’ issues are at the forefront of research and development.
This new edition contains examples of contemporary practice designed to attain
these objectives, including guidance on a variety of alternative and renewable energy
concepts and initiatives.