Building Services ensures buildings provide a safe and comfortable environment for people that inhabit them so that they can live, work, and thrive. It is the task of Building Engineers to transform architectural designs into concrete reality. In the words of Julia Evans, CEO of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), “Architects can design the most beautiful or complex building, but without building services being introduced effectively it's not going to work.”
Building Services Engineers are also critical to reducing energy consumption and creating a more sustainable environment. The running of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment within a building can consume a lot of energy – accounting for 60% of energy use in commercial buildings according to the US Department of Energy. The commercial HVAC market size is projected to grow by $22.09 billion USD between now and 2026, with strong growth particularly predicted in APAC. World Ventilation Day aims to educate the public on the health impacts of poor air quality, putting pressure on governments around the world to start to require clear information on buildings’ air quality.
New York Engineers discusses how internet connectivity is no longer limited to computers and mobile devices, it has now expanded to HVAC systems, as well as devices such as vehicles and lighting fixtures. US engineering firms are building new infrastructure, designing smart residential and office buildings, and creating digital touchpoints of connectivity between people and their vehicles, homes, and workplaces. Organizations like the National Institute of Building Sciences and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) are working to set industry best practices, provide ongoing education and training, and foster collaboration and modernization as data and technology drive the building services industry forward.
There is no doubt that this industry will be a key participant in building the future of the modern world – and that Building Services Engineers will continue to be in high demand.