Wednesday 10th January 2024

What trends can we expect to see in mechanical engineering this year?

In the ever-evolving landscape of construction, staying abreast of trends in mechanical engineering is crucial for house builders seeking to deliver innovative and sustainable projects. We assess the emerging trends gaining traction in reshaping the sector and influencing construction projects.

1. Modular systems for shortening construction programmes

Modular construction is gaining traction, driven by the need for faster project delivery. Mechanical engineering is embracing modular systems, where components are prefabricated off-site and assembled on-site. POD and PUC off-site assembly are have gained the most attention. Link365 have taken this a step further in prefabricating common mechanical systems across a development. This approach streamlines construction timelines, enhances efficiency and improves quality assurance across the project.

Benefits of modular pre-fabrication

Accelerated project timelines: Modular systems allow for parallel construction, reducing the overall time required for project completion.
Cost efficiency: Prefabrication minimises material waste and labour costs, contributing to overall project cost savings.
Improves quality assurance: Creating a prefabricated benchmark system which is signed off and used in training before stepping on a site, mitigates QA issues later on in the project.

2. Advanced controls and Building Management Systems (BMS)

The integration of advanced controls and BMS is transforming how mechanical systems are managed. Smart technologies enable real-time monitoring, automation, and optimisation of building functions, enhancing energy efficiency and comfort for the home dweller.

Benefits of BMS

Energy savings: Advanced controls optimise energy usage, contributing to long-term operational cost reductions.
Improved building performance: BMS ensures that mechanical systems operate at peak efficiency, extending their lifespan and reducing maintenance costs.

3. Renewable energy integration in mechanical systems

As sustainability takes centre stage, the integration of renewable energy sources into mechanical systems is a growing trend. This includes the incorporation of, heat pumps, solar panels, HVAC and KERS units.

Benefits of renewable energy integration

Green building certification: Renewable energy integration aligns with sustainability standards, enhancing the marketability of projects.
Long-term cost savings: Reliance on renewable energy can result in significant long-term cost savings for the building owner, landlord or the home owner, improving the value of the building on completion.

4. Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems

ERV systems are gaining popularity for their ability to recover and reuse energy from the exhaust air. These systems improve indoor air quality while simultaneously reducing the energy demand of mechanical systems.

Benefits of ERV systems

Improved indoor air quality: ERV systems contribute to healthier indoor environments, a crucial consideration for modern construction projects.
Energy efficiency: By recovering and reusing energy, ERV systems enhance the overall efficiency of mechanical systems.

5. Digitisation of mechanical design

The digitisation of mechanical design processes is revolutionising how projects are conceptualised and executed. Improved software and virtual design tools enable more accurate planning and collaboration across teams and expertise.

Benefits for digitisation

Enhanced collaboration: Digitisation facilitates seamless collaboration between mechanical engineers, architects, and contractors.
Risk reduction: Utilising digital tools allows for thorough simulations and analysis, reducing the risk of design errors prior to and during the construction phase.

Embracing these trends not only ensures compliance with industry standards but positions contractors at the forefront of innovation, contributing to the success and sustainability of projects.

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