A whole building approach to plumbing engineering ensures that all aspects of a building’s needs and issues are accounted for in the design of its plumbing systems. This includes but is not limited to: sewer, storm water, natural gas, fire suppression sprinklers and water systems, domestic water, irrigation water, and waste systems.
Our qualified Plumbing Engineers can perform the calculations, size the equipment, and prepare the plumbing design and construction documents in coordination with the licensed Mechanical, Fire Protection or Civil, Professional Engineers to ensure your facility meets all of the requirements and beyond.
What is a whole building approach to plumbing?
Close collaboration between the Plumbing Engineer and other key engineers on the project is beneficial to the design, construction, and maintenance teams of a facility when applying for the proper permits and certifications because of a unified fire protection plan for the facility.
A step-by-step water-based fire suppression system
In a typical facility, the city water main will supply water for the fire suppression system. Having been involved in the whole building design, the plumbing engineer will need to coordinate with the civil engineer, water department, and fire department for the details of connecting the fire water to the city water main. Then, the appropriate fire hydrants, valves, alarms and fire department connections are designed for the site, along with a fail-safe alarm, sprinklers and backflow system for the water main.
Once our design professionals have developed the basic parameters of your new water-based fire suppression system, the Plumbing Engineer will either perform or consult with the fire protection contractor on the hydraulic calculations.
Creating a sustainable plumbing system
Our Plumbing Engineers can provide input in the following areas:
Domestic/Potable Water System
Design a system with the whole building goal of reducing water usage in mind, using municipal or site-sourced water.
Domestic Hot Water
The design of low-energy consumption water heating equipment and recirculation distribution systems to reduce waste while simultaneously ensuring hot water is available in a reasonable amount of time to the plumbing fixtures.
- Solar systems
- Heat-recovery systems
- HVAC condenser water systems
Coordinating the appropriate type of fixtures for their use and location.
Sanitary Sewer Systems
Design to a point it connects to a municipal sewer system or to an on-site disposal or containment system.
Storm Water Systems
Whole building design options to handle storm water and run-off.
- Green vegetative roofs
- Water reuse systems for irrigation, building process, or waste systems
- Re-distribution systems and storage
Waste Water Separators
Separates grease, fuel, acid and other hazardous materials from water streams help reduce fresh water pollution.
Urban sprawl is making it increasingly important to realize the value of clean water and air that naturally occurs in our biospheric system, and how a proper and professionally-designed plumbing system can respect and replicate those systems that are vital to our, and our planet’s, health and well-being.