10 Building services
As the name implies, building services are designed to serve the building in such a way that the occupants of the building can live comfortably inside. Building services engineering can generally be considered under three main headings: plumbing, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
- Plumbing deals with the supply of potable water, which is essential for human consumption and sanitation. In order to maintain sanitary conditions within a building and the surrounding area, the waste water must be disposed of efficiently.
- Electrical systems provide light as well as heat to a building and the power to run its machines.
- Mechanical engineering deals with the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning of interior space. It also includes the planning of elevators and escalators, with the necessary operating equipment and variety of shafts.