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What is MEP Engineering?

MEP Engineering
MEP Engineering

MEP is a shortened form for “mechanical, electrical, and plumbing” in the construction industry.

The science and art of planning, designing, and managing a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems are known as MEP engineering. An MEP design firm specializes in these characteristics. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering consulting firms are needed at all stages of the construction process. They help with decision-making, budgeting, construction management, documentation, building management, and maintenance.

The most important aspect of a building is its MEP system. MEP systems manage a structure’s “creature comfort” features. They make a structure, whether it’s a single-story house or a 50-story skyscraper, livable and pleasant.

The M-E-P in MEP engineering are:


Building mechanical design elements, especially heating and cooling systems, contribute to a more comfortable interior environment. These systems allow us to occupy buildings in both hot and cold weather.


A building’s electrical system keeps the lights on, our devices charged, and the other systems running. The design and planning of architectural lighting is an important part of the electrical engineering process.


What would we do if there was no running water? Water is essential to our survival. Plumbing systems provide safe drinking, cleaning, and other water-related services. They also remove storm and sanitary wastewater in a safe manner.

MEP Engineering Services in Common

Mechanical engineering or MEP design can encompass a wide range of services. Only the largest engineering firms are permitted to provide all services. Most MEP engineering firms provide a core set of services that are then supplemented with specialty services such as architectural lighting, commissioning, sustainability, or energy management.

The following are the top services that an MEP firm may offer:

1. HVAC Engineering / Mechanical Engineering

  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems
  •  Central Plant Design
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Direct Digital Control (DDC) Systems
  • Chilled Water Systems
  • Heating Water System

2. Electrical Engineering

  • Comprehensive Electrical System Design
  • Onsite Power Generation Requirements and Distribution
  • Critical Power Systems
  • Integration of IT and AV Into Overall Building Design
  • Device Coordination and Arc Fault Services
  • Lightning Protection Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems

3. Plumbing Engineering

  • Domestic Waste and Vent Systems
  • Fuel Gas Piping Systems
  • Storm Water Systems
  • Performance Specification of Automatic Sprinkler Systems
  • Water Conservation Systems

4. Energy Management

  • Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
  • Chilled Beam Systems
  • Displacement Ventilation
  • Dedicated Outside Air Systems
  • Underfloor Air Distribution Systems
  • Thermal Storage Systems
  • Energy Recovery
  • Free Cooling Systems
  • Utility Monitoring

5. Lighting Design

  • Architectural Lighting Plan Design
  • Life Cycle Cost-Benefit & ROI analysis
  • Dark Sky Compliance and Ordinance Coordination
  • Illuminance Calculations
  • Color Temperature Analysis
  • On-site Lighting Mock-Ups
  • On-site Aiming and Adjustments
  • Custom Lighting Design
  • International Design and Lighting Specifications
  • Lighting Control Design
  • Renderings and Other Lighting Visualization Techniques

6. Communication Technologies

  • Voice, Data, and Video Integration
  • Security and Alarm Systems Integration
  • Audio/Visual System Design

7. Commissioning

  • Design Stage Reviews
  • Functional Testing
  • Owner Training
  • System Documentation

8. Sustainable Design

  • Sustainability Designs That Are Cost Effective For All Systems
  • Alternative Energy
  • Energy Conservation Technologies
  • Energy Modeling
  • LEED Consulting

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