Stevenson + Associates also offers engineering consultant services in the following fields of engineering:
Building Mechanical Services
The firm offers well thought-out building mechanical services solutions to meet the Client’s financial and environmental needs. This ranges from the simplest packaged system, to the most complex variable air volume and displacement air conditioning systems. The firm also offers all of the usual mechanical building services as well as advanced specialist systems, all as described below:
- Central plant air conditioning systems.
- Decentralised systems air conditioning systems.
- Displacement air conditioning systems.
- Chilled beams and chilled ceiling solutions.
- Long throw jet solutions.
- General supply and extract ventilation systems.
- Car park ventilation systems.
- Low energy solutions.
- Energy and building management systems.
- Fabric condensation and thermal analysis.
Building Passive Design
Building physics, commonly known as passive design, is a service offered by the firm to assist the architect in achieving a building form which makes the most of Australia’s climate. The aim is to ensure that the building is designed such that there is an absolutely minimum reliance on artificial control of the internal environment.
Typical targets for a building would be that there are no artificial lights on during daylight hours and that the air-conditioning is only in operation for 6 months of the year. These targets are achievable in many buildings and bring a number of benefits including significantly lower building services capital and recurrent costs, a healthier indoor environment and a reduced impact on the global environment.
The firm offers the following building physics capabilities:
- Solar control by appropriate shading arrangements.
- Night flushing with correct use of building mass.
- Natural ventilation techniques and analysis.
- Natural day lighting techniques and analysis.
- Cost effectiveness of thermal insulation.
- Summer time temperature analysis without the use of air-conditioning.
- Orientation and planning analysis.
- Integrated artificial lighting and air-conditioning controls to compliment passive design.
- Alternative low energy solutions for the provision of hot water.
- Reuse of rain water.