Ecological construction projects pave the way into the future. Reducing operation costs, improving working conditions, and offering a great return on the investment are just some of the reasons to choose a design engineering team for the job. Integrating ecological systems often proves to have unique challenges, which are best planned for in advance.
Cost and efficiency are a top priority while integrating the solutions within the building design, which in turn leads to a maximization of monetary incentives and financing options. A successful operation requires considering both the ecological state within and outside of the building itself, considering its entire lifecycle.
Integrating ecological systems into modern buildings involves adjusting the way the problem description is set. Here are some of the things to consider, when developing the engineering design with ecological systems in mind:
In ecological systems, all elements have a pervasive interconnectedness amongst themselves, which creates a tenuous balance that must be always kept when designing for it. Disruptions to these relationships may prove highly damaging overall, which is why mechanical engineering needs to consider ecological engineering, and vice versa.
An integrated system leads to a more developed whole, as its properties uniquely advantage the building in new ways. At the same time, it introduces novel issues to consider. For example, including a small greenhouse may supply pragmatic, low-cost solutions for engineering services, alongside new waste management considerations for the systems involved.
Therefore, part of the integration process involves mitigating the following elements from adversely affecting the environment and the people in it:
- The impact emissions have on the ecological system
- Habitat fragmentation or destructions
- The use of non-renewable resources
- Natural hazards
The system in mind should supply sustainable use and renewing material resources, as well as energy, by closing material cycles. Solar orientation, extracting the energy from material cascades, introducing variety, and networking decentralized systems are just some of the steps on the way towards efficiency.
As an example: electrical engineering coupled with solar panels, supports an extensive energetic coverage, while taking into account the specific environmental factors needed in the process – namely, the sun.
Integrating ecological system solutions allows for a reduction of investment and maintenance costs, resource savings, human wellbeing improvement while satisfying project requirements. The mechanical, combined with the ecological, leads to a better environment for all – decreasing health and safety concerns while improving sustainability.
Priorities and long-term solutions
As the building’s design is being put forth, the following goals are set forward:
- Improving the overall health of the buildings
- Minimizing surrounding environmental pollutions
- Reducing energy consumption across the entirety of the building’s lifecycle
- Maximizing ecologically-friendly energy consumption
The process must involve the creation of a green building, or the direct usage of renewable, extensible, and ecologically-benign building practices and materials.
The integration of ecological systems with technological ones is one of the right steps forward. These steps serve to pave the way towards improved human health, ecological conditions improving, cleaner air and water, as well as better protection of land.
On the longest-term aspect, a continuous improvement cycle should be implemented into the process, with an incorporated risk assessment.
The complexity involved requires the aid of diverse experts’ contributions to the project. PCD Engineering can offer you excellent sustainable design advice, planning, and integration of projects. We focus on creating spaces that are healthy, comfortable, as well as efficient. Our priorities lie with our client’s needs, achieved through excellence in design, community involvement, quality assurance, and more.