The Art of Building Services
Throughout history, talented multi-disciplined individuals have used their artistic skills, along with their underlying understanding of architecture and engineering, to design and construct buildings. The increased complexity of our modern built environment has led to the specialisation of skills, but the artistic nature of design permeates everything we do.
Building Services engineering is "the art and science of engineering for the purpose of achieving optimal integrated building systems incorporating environmental control and safety provisions for the comfort and wellbeing of the occupants of the built environment" (Institute of Engineers Australia).
Building services engineering is multi-disciplinary by its very nature. A holistic approach must be taken to reconcile the electrical, mechanical, hydraulic (plumbing) and fire safety aspects of an integrated building system. There are many complex interactions between various sub-systems that affect a building's performance, comfort, reliability and energy efficiency.