Guidance to cut down the operating cost of MEP systems in buildings

MEP systems are important in structures since they establish indoor climates suitable for inhabitance over long periods of time. MEP firms address a large part of development expenses, representing greater than 30% of the spending plan in several such structure projects.

Fortunately, there are several approaches to reduce MEP framework expenses without affecting execution and MEP processes. Smart design choices make it possible to reduce expenses, while improving a few aspects of the project. Energy and water use are also determined, in part, by MEP design plans. MEP engineers can also save a large amount of money in utility charges annually.

There are compelling processes to reduce MEP system installations and decrease overall costs that are not immediately upfront, detailed as follows:

  • Layout enhancement of MEP installations

MEP systems contain a multitude of frameworks, and those that take up the most space is often stowed away from sight. Ineffective MEP formats results in two types of costs: increased labour and increased materials. With each channel or foot, funneling or ventilation work removed from the plan, the projects budget becomes more affordable. Involvement of project workers and suppliers’ aids toward this objective. Moreover, if the information on the MEP systems is perpetually obtained while progressing towards project design phase, tracking down productive MEP formats are more challenging than design changes on several occasions. 

  • Improvement of the building envelope to reduce HVAC workloads

Chillers, boilers, and different HVAC equipment types are expensive MEP parts in building projects. The expense of these units is known by their nameplate limits. Appropriately sized equipment suitable for the process, and utility, must be considered as opposed to simply investing in over-sized equipment that could be more expensive in the long run to maintain, repair and replace.

When structures have productive thermal envelopes, it can monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures efficiently. While a structure has minimal protection required by code, this structure can maintain suitable temperatures with minimal warming or cooling as needed. Smaller HVAC equipment are useful for minimal upfront cost and can therefore be considered as such.

  • Contractor and equipment supplier inclusion from the initial stage

Several change orders occur on account of lack of efficient communication. For example, incorrect measurements and hardware installation prerequisites can result in expensive changes during the development phase. Therefore, clear communication and efficient teamwork is integral to make sure all bases are covered and accounted for, thereby preventing unwarranted expenditures at later stages of the project.

Clarity in correspondence is particularly important when discussing the use of prefabricated or modular construction techniques. In this situation, structures built with pre-assembled parts that are built at the site, primarily with built-in MEP systems. 

  • Careful project planning and management

Lack of efficient planning through the project process can incur several expenses. Anticipating all the expenses in advance can mitigate unnecessary expenses later during project execution.

Bin Dasmal Contracting is an ISO certified company with over four decades of experience in offering Civil & MEP services. Bin Dasmal Contracting is one of the recognized MEP companies in the UAE. Our MEP solutions include MEP Installation, Refurbishment, Retrofit and General Maintenance. We offer the dual expertise of Design & Build MEP, Facilities Management and Energy Management Services under one establishment.

In addition, Bin Dasmal Contracting is specialized at carrying out MEP services in UAE for leading HVAC equipment companies such as Trosten, Carrier, Daikin, Trane, and York.


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