Sustainability and Hospitals

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An Architects for Health Event held on Thursday 19 June 2008 at The Building Centre, London

This half-day seminar assessed the implications of the imminent introduction, by the Government, of new sustainability requirements for all buildings. What will this mean for Hospitals? How should we respond? Expert sustainability advisors explained these changes and an introduction to the BREEAM Healthcare was presented.

Chair: Robin Nicholson, senior member of Edward Cullinan Architects

How are Hospitals Different from Other Buildings?
Dermot O’Reilly, Architect and RIBA Client Design Advisor; worked on a wide variety of both public and private sector buildings including PFI Hospitals, Education, Courts, Defence and many others; former executive of Architects for Health; worked with Carillion on the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, a benchmark of environmental performance in the construction industry; currently working on one of the London 2012 Olympics projects.

The Current Perception of Sustainability
Bill Gething, RIBA Sustainability Adviser and representative on the Architect’s Council of Europe; Chair of BRE Global Sustainability Board and Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the University of Bath.

The New BREEAM Healthcare
Virginia Cinquemani, Education and Healthcare Sector Manager for BREEAM at the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

The Effect of Zero Carbon Regulations on Hospital Design and Procurement
Brian Mark, advisor to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) on all renewable energy technologies and Renewables Obligation policy; representative for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on the Industry Advisory Group convened by Communities and Local Government (CLG) to advise on changes to the 2010 and 2013 changes to Part L of the Building Regulations.

Future Policy on Zero Carbon Hospitals
Jules Saunderson, panel member of the Mayor’s advisory Zero Carbon Housing Group; member of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Non-domestic Industry Advisory Group; author of initial proposals for the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and UK-GBC zero carbon task group report.

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