Designed to bridge the ever-widening gap between the realities that confront engineering and construction professionals, this book provides an overview of the principles and applications of all basic mechanical and electrical systems–with a focus on what, why, and basic design data examples. The book places emphasis on the operating principles of equipment and systems–rather than on construction details, identifying systems and providing readers with an explanation of principles. Topics incorporate new developments in all the major disciplines, and reinforces the relationship of mechanical and electrical systems design in the overall context of the built environment. Includes some key topics such as Sustainable Design, Noise and Vibrations in M/E systems, the latest communications and illumination engineering technologies, Building heating, air conditioning, electrical, illumination, plumbing, and fire protection systems, Valuable data for space planning, cost, and environmental impact of building M/E systems. For design professionals involved in the development, construction, and management of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.