CORVID-19 LEVEL 3: Working from home but available for site visits

Unite

Now that New Zealand has dropped to Level 3 we are now able to attend sites by complying with the MBIE guidance for construction sites. We are still generally working remotely and all meetings will still be attended remotely online. Otherwise we are working as normal continuing with design and site queries. Drop us a call or email for any inquiries otherwise keep safe and be kind!

MEPS COVID-19 UPDATE: RUNNING AT FULL CAPACITY

COVID19

MEPS have switched to working from home and we are able to run at full capacity and attend or host online meetings. Until the alert level drops we cannot attend site visits but otherwise it is business as usual.

All our staff are available by email and mobile.

Please stay safe, keep in (non physical) contact and we wish everyone and their families all the best in this unsettled time. Lets works together and minimize the impact to all.

Video Conferencing – A Good New Tool Waiting

Video Meeting

With the recent advancement and affordability of video conferencing and collaborative software, more and more project managers are opting to meet with project teams over the Internet.

MEPS Building Engineers has attended video conferencing-based meetings. Here is what we found;

  1. The quality of video and audio are very good even with a good number of attendees.
  2. Ability to share screens and plans on the fly, never forgot to print a plan again.
  3. Travel costs, parking cost and travel time etc, was cut to nothing!
  4. Time spent on attending a meeting is cut by more than half if one considers travel is not required.
  5. Positive impact on the environment, as there would be no CO2 emissions and no printing of plans.
  6. Safer for the participants as risk from normal travel is removed.
  7. More flexibility in meeting times as you can go straight from one to another.
  8. Greater discipline participation from each firm becomes economic as multiple representatives from the same firm no longer required to attend in person.

We believe that the coming months will see a greater uptake of video conferencing among building professionals.

Congratulations Manuel – Homestar Assessor Accreditation

Waterford Apartment Block 2

Congratulations Manuel on achieving Homestar Assessor Accreditation. This allows Manuel to assess apartments, multi unit developments and houses against the New Zealand Green Building Council’s rating system and provide feedback on many aspects of the building including energy efficiency and sustainability of materials. Check out more information about Homestar here and drop us a line to see how your project stacks up!

MEPS in Otago

Queenstown

MEPS Building Engineers are establishing an office in Otago. Our new office will be in Queenstown and it will be managed by Pierre-Jacques Gandino who we also welcome to the MEPS family.

We are excited about the prospect of being able to assist with building projects in a very special part of New Zealand.

We will cover HVAC, hydraulic, electrical and aquatic services design and observation

Hawkes Bay Sports Park Hall Nears Completion

Sports Hall Lighting & Ventilation

MEPS Building Engineers designed the Electrical, HVAC and Hydraulic services for the new Sport Hall at Hawkes Bay Sports Park. This include a large variety of spaces including indoor netball and athletic facilities, gym, office spaces, conference spaces, and sports lab with the capability of heating the space up to 30°C for simulating overseas ambient temperatures during competitions. The building has also been designed with no services penetrations in the roofs (to minimise roof maintenance and maximise lifespan), hidden air conditioning condensers (to keep the clean building look) and communal water heating and HVAC services to maximise energy efficiency.

Hawkes Bay Sports Feature Light
Feature Light in Entrance
Hawkes Bay Sports Showers
Changing room showers with exposed services for an industrial look
Hawkes Bay Sports Exposed services
Sports Lab with exposed services and high temperature heating system
Hawkes Bay Sports Athletics
Sports Hall Athletics area
Hawkes Bay Sports Hidden condensers
Hidden Condensers
Hawkes Bay Sports Staff room
Staff area
Hawkes Bay Sports Feature light 2nd floor
Feature light framed to be seen from multiple locations and angles
Hawkes Bay Sports Gym
Gym with exposed systems and both air conditioning and ceiling fans for air movement so the air conditioning can be left off in mild weather
Hawkes Bay Sports Cafe
Cafe served by feature lighting and radiant electric heaters as the doors will be generally open during sport days
Hawkes Bay Sports Exterior
Building exterior

Copper or Plastic Piping: Which is best

Copper Piping

Water Piping – Copper or Plastic

When it comes to water pipes, copper has been the material of choice for a very very long time.

Plastic pipes of all sorts (PEX, uPVC, HDPE) have become increasingly popular in the past 20 to 30 years. One reason being the increasing cost of copper pipes over their equivalent in plastic.

So, what are the pros and cons?

Conclusion

There is no one 100% safe solution. Little is known at present about the plastic piping release of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and assimlable organic carbon (AOC’s). Copper is the system with the easiest of issues to control and mitigate and on balance appears to be the better option. 

Merry Christmas!

Xmas 2018

Well the second half of this year has been really busy and Christmas has now popped out of nowhere! Thank you to everyone for your support and business and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the new year! We all wish you and your friends and family a happy and safe Christmas!