Enthusiasm level: Steep learning curve
Progress: Technical
Quote: “Always worry about M&E”

The view out of the back room of the flat at 23 Brook Street complete with natural ventilation.

The view out of the back room of the flat at 23 Brook Street complete with natural ventilation.

M&E (Mechanical and Electrical) is a acronym that has become as much part of my life as I supsect R’n’B, M&A, M&M is part of many readers’ lives (this list could go on but I can see a risky dead end ahead). I am now completely conversant with the real meanings of “natural ventilation” (opening a window), “comfort cooling” (a bit of outside air coming) and “air conditioning” (the real deal but not something we will ever be able to have here). However when an email which contains this sentence appears in my in-box I realise I have so far to go.

“NR25 can be achieved within the Learning Studio based on mechanical services layout 1948 M02 P2. It has been requested we are to omit the VCD’s and access panels located on the supply spigots in the Leaning Studio which will be replaced with integral VCD’s located on each grille.”

Luckily as well as a fantastic professional team who don’t seem to mind my continual barrage of questions I have two particuarly brilliant board members who have gamefully volunteered to sit on the building committee that regularly reviews the progress of the project. They are calm, considered and extremely helpful. Although I did note a slight flicker of concern when one of them posed the question “Should we be worried about any mechanical and electrical elements yet?” the response was “Always worry about M&E.”