Building Engineering and Systems Design
This edition is based upon a firm conviction of the authors that the purpose of, and the need for
the book, as described in the Preface to the First Edition, are as critical today as they were when
the first edition was prepared. In fact, now, there is a greater need for applications of systems
design to buildings. This need occurs because of rising construction costs, greater demand for
more and improved building services, and better quality control of construction. In brief, this
book explains what needs to be designed, and the issues to be addressed in the design process.
Revisions of the first edition have been aimed at refining the text and developing new topics
which have emerged during the past decade. Increased attention is given to the involvement of
architects in systems design, and to the inclusion of architectural goals and objectives in the value
systems for optimized design. Traditionally, architects have been the only members of the building
team whose formal training has included some work in all the major areas of building design.
College courses in structures, plumbing, lighting, electrical power, mechanical systems, and
building services in general, have, in the past, been included in most architectural education
curricula. What is new is the tendency for architects to work directly and interactively with
engineers, contractors, and other specialists during design development. This is facilitated by the
use of shared computer-stored data and interactive computer-aided design processes.