Retrofitting strategies for hospitals with Simon Bourke
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, host Chris Lavery is joined by Simon Bourke, Building Services UK and Healthcare Lead at RPS. They discuss the challenges of retrofitting an existing hospital, and how to balance operational disruption with carbon reduction.
18 February 2023 | 1 min read
“One of the easiest ways to reduce carbon emissions is to move from using gas as a source of energy for heating water, which is also used for the sanitary and hygiene requirements of the building users.” Simon Bourke, Building Services Lead UK and Healthcare Lead at RPS
Meet Simon Bourke
Simon’s a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), and IHEEM (The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management).
He’s worked on a wide range of healthcare projects, not just in the UK but worldwide, across India, China, and Tanzania. He was also part of the NHS task force that developed the concept of a very low-energy healthcare centre that used modern methods of construction and Passivhaus principles.
His sector experience ranges across advanced manufacturing, education, residential, commercial, and healthcare. Leading the Building Services teams across the Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle offices, Simon has a real passion for sustainable design, with a key focus on achieving Net Zero Carbon on all projects and proposals he’s involved in.