Building Services Engineering by David Chadderton: A Review
Building services engineering is the discipline that deals with the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the systems and equipment that provide essential services to buildings, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, water supply, drainage, fire protection and transportation. Building services engineers play a crucial role in ensuring the comfort, safety and sustainability of the built environment.
One of the leading textbooks in this field is Building Services Engineering by David Chadderton, a former lecturer and consultant in building services engineering. The book, now in its sixth edition, covers all the key topics and principles of building services engineering, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, climate change and practical applications. The book is suitable for students of building services engineering, as well as professionals who want to update their knowledge and skills.
The book consists of 18 chapters, each with exercises and online self-study questions. The chapters are:
Climate change: This chapter introduces the concepts of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon trading and zero carbon buildings.
Post occupancy: This chapter discusses the importance of evaluating the performance and satisfaction of building occupants after the completion of a building project.
Built environment: This chapter provides an overview of the factors that affect the indoor environmental quality of buildings, such as thermal comfort, air quality, noise and lighting.
Energy economics: This chapter explains the principles of energy management and auditing, as well as the methods of calculating and reducing energy consumption and costs.
Ventilation and air conditioning: This chapter covers the design and operation of ventilation and air conditioning systems, including natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation, refrigeration cycles, heat pumps and air distribution.
Heat demand: This chapter describes the methods of estimating the heat loss and heat gain of buildings, taking into account the effects of climate, building envelope, occupancy and internal loads.
Heating: This chapter covers the design and operation of heating systems, including boilers, heat emitters, pumps, pipes and controls.
Water services: This chapter covers the design and operation of water supply and distribution systems, including water sources, treatment, storage, pipes, fittings and fixtures.
Electrical installations: This chapter covers the design and operation of electrical systems, including power generation, transmission, distribution, wiring, earthing and protection.
Lighting: This chapter covers the design and operation of lighting systems, including natural lighting, artificial lighting, lamps, luminaires and controls.
Condensation in buildings: This chapter explains the causes and effects of condensation in buildings, as well as the methods of preventing and controlling it.
Gas: This chapter covers the design and operation of gas supply and distribution systems, including gas sources, pipes, meters and appliances.
Plant and service areas: This chapter discusses the requirements and considerations for locating and designing plant rooms and service ducts for building services equipment.
Fire protection: This chapter covers the design and operation of fire detection and suppression systems, including fire alarm systems,
and fire extinguishers.
Room acoustics: This chapter covers the design and operation of acoustic systems,
including sound sources,
and sound insulation.
Mechanical transportation: This chapter covers the design and operation of transportation systems,
and moving walkways.
Question bank: This chapter provides a collection of questions on various topics covered in the book,
with answers provided at the end of the book.
Understanding units: This chapter provides a summary of the units used in building services engineering,