Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 12th Edition

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The definitive guide to environmental control systems, updated with emerging technology and trends

The Interactive Resource Center is an online learning environment where instructors and students can access the tools they need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcing and assessing their understanding of key concepts for successful understanding of the course. 

The online Interactive Resource Center contains resources tied to the book, such as:

  • Interactive Animations
  • Interactive Self-tests
  • Interactive Flashcards
  • Case Studies
  • Respondus Testbank (instructors only)
  • Instructor’s Manual (over 200 pages) including additional resources (Instructors only)
  • Roadmap to the 12th Edition (Instructors only)
  • Student Guide to the Textbook

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, Twelfth Edition is the industry standard reference that comprehensively covers all aspects of building systems. With over 2,200 drawings and photographs, the book discusses basic theory, preliminary building design guidelines, and detailed design procedure for buildings of all sizes. The updated twelfth edition includes over 300 new illustrations, plus information on the latest design trends, codes, and technologies, while the companion website offers new interactive features including animations, additional case studies, quizzes, and more.

Environmental control systems are the components of a building that keep occupants comfortable and help make the building work. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings covers both active controls, like air conditioners and heaters, as well as passive controls like daylighting and natural ventilation. Because these systems comprise the entire energy use and costs of a building's life, the book stresses the importance of sustainability considerations during the design process, by both architects and builders. Authored by two leading green design educators, MEEB provides the most current information on low-energy architecture, including topics like:

  • Context, comfort, and environmental resources
  • Indoor air quality and thermal control
  • Illumination, acoustics, and electricity
  • Fire protection, signal systems, and transportation

Occupant comfort and building usability are the most critical factors in the success of a building design, and with environmental concerns mounting, it's becoming more and more important to approach projects from a sustainable perspective from the very beginning. As the definitive guide to environmental control systems for over 75 years, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings is a complete resource for students and professionals alike.


Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

Part I The Building Design Context 1

Chapter 1 Design Process 3

Chapter 2 Environmental Resources 31

Chapter 3 Sites and Resources 61

Part II Design Fundamentals 107

Chapter 4 Thermal Comfort 109

Chapter 5 Indoor Air Quality 129

Chapter 6 Solar Geometry and Shading Devices 167

Chapter 7 Heat Flow 193

Part III Passive Environmental Systems 239

Chapter 8 Daylighting 241

Chapter 9 Passive Heating 295

Chapter 10 Passive Cooling 337

Chapter 11 Integrating Passive Systems 393

Part IV Active Environmental Systems 419

Chapter 12 Active Climate Control 421

Chapter 13 Lighting Fundamentals 583

Chapter 14 Electric Light Sources 639

Chapter 15 Lighting Design Process 671

Chapter 16 Electric Lighting Design 697

Chapter 17 Electric Lighting Applications 751

Chapter 18 Water and Basic Design 793

Chapter 19 Water Supply 837

Chapter 20 Liquid Waste 927

Chapter 21 Solid Waste 999

Chapter 22 Fundamentals of Architectural Acoustics 1015

Chapter 23 Sound in Enclosed Spaces 1043

Chapter 24 Building Noise Control 1073

Chapter 25 Fire Protection 1141

Chapter 26 Principles of Electricity 1219

Chapter 27 Electrical Systems and Materials: Service and Utilization 1239

Chapter 28 Electrical Systems and Materials: Wiring and Raceways 1299

Chapter 29 Electric Wiring Design 1335

Chapter 30 Photovoltaic Systems 1383

Chapter 31 Signal Systems 1409

Chapter 32 Vertical Transportation: Passenger Elevators 1445

Chapter 33 Vertical Transportation: Special Topics 1515

Chapter 34 Moving Stairways and Walks 1535

Appendix A Metrication, SI Units, and Conversions 1557

Appendix B Climatic Conditions for the United States, Canada, and Mexico 1563

Appendix C Solar and Daylighting Design Data 1589

Appendix D Solar Geometry 1635

Appendix E Thermal Properties of Materials and Assemblies 1649

Appendix F Ventilation and Infiltration 1695

Appendix G Heating and Cooling Design Guidelines and Information 1703

Appendix H Standards/Guidelines for Energy-and Resource-Efficient Building Design 1727

Appendix I Annual Solar Performance 1733

Appendix J Economic Analysis 1765

Appendix K Sound Transmission Data 1771

Appendix L Design Analysis Software 1791

Index 1795

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