RIBA, BSRIA, MEP… and how they come together in the Built Environment

Over the coming days, we will be running a series looking at RIBA, BSRIA, MEP… and how they come together in the Built Environment. As a backdrop we will quickly run through RIBA, BSRIA and MEP. Most of you will be familiar with these terms, but this might provide valuable insight into the design process for others.

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What is RIBA and the Plan of Works?

Image from the RIBA homepage

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is a professional body that drives excellence in architecture. It also provides guidance and standards within the Construction Industry. The RIBA engages with other professional bodies to develop and deliver an over-arching approach for every stage of the project life cycle.

An exert from the RIBA website: “The RIBA Plan of Work organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects into eight stages and explains the stage outcomes, core tasks and information exchanges required at each stage”. The 2020 version follows 7 years of development from the 2013 version which most of us remember being a major update.

What is BSRIA and what do they do?

Image from the BSRIA homepage

BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) is a members based association and professional body that promotes knowledge and specialist services for mechanical, electrical and public health services (MEP). The BG’s (BSRIA Guides) provide valuable guidance and standards for every aspect of MEP services.

Their continued research and development over the past 60 years have delivered significant changes in:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Safety standards
  • Building thermal modelling
  • Achieving carbon targets
  • BIM Guides
  • MEP standards and guidance
  • Integration with RIBA
  • and many more…

What is MEP?

3D visual of the MEP services at high level

MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health) Services are the fundamental Building Services that can be found within the Built Environment. Depending on the project there are many regulations, governing bodies, statutory requirements and guidance that drive the design and requirements for the MEP Services.

For example, some residential schemes wouldn’t have the same MEP requirements as perhaps an office space, or hospital. Understanding those requirements, the systems and how they can be implemented within the scheme is critical to successful project delivery.

Over the coming days, we shall be looking into how this all ties together, the stages within the Plan of Work, and why ADR Consulting Engineers should be your MEP Services Engineers of choice.

Do you have a project coming up?

Why not get in touch with our team today to discuss? We offer free and confidential advice and are happy to support projects of all sizes.

Published by Lex Rouzee

A versatile Building Services Engineer with extensive experience within the construction industry, involving principally electrical bias design, installation, commissioning and testing. Significant experience within the building services sector has been gained from progressing through site installation, supervisor and now design and consultancy.

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