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Thursday 23 May 2024

The pitfalls around air source heat pumps

Vince Ruane - RCDC
Anu Sabherwal - GDST
Peter Rogers - Sustainable Acoustics


Venue: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

It is generally accepted that the replacement of traditional boilers with heat pumps for providing heat, is a key part of the decarbonisation of any project or housing, healthcare or education estate strategy. However, the business case for heat pump replacement is often difficult to justify. This is driven by the high capital replacement cost and the cost of electricity in compared to gas, meaning the payback is difficult to achieve. There is also the issue of noise associated with the systems.

Come and join us as our panel discuss:

  • The benefits of Air Source Heat pumps

  • What are the cost implications?

  • Managing the transition from traditional boilers over a large estate.

  • Associated noise issues 

  • Are there better alternatives?


Vince Ruane 
Vince Ruane is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of CIBSE. In 2019 he set up RCDC, a Sustainability and MEP consultancy, whose focus is predominately on decarbonisation projects within the built environment. The company has three key principals: Innovation, Digitalisation, and Sustainability, with the first two helping to drive the third. Vince has worked on a large number of decarbonisation projects involving heat pumps, and will look to share some of the key findings from those projects.

Anu Sabherwal
Girls Day School Trust


As the Head of Sustainability and Infrastructure at the Girl’s Day School Trust , Anu Sabherwal oversees the successful implementation of 3 key strands of GDST’s sustainability commitment that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These are : educate and empower with sustainability knowledge, promote sustainable behaviour amongst the GDST community and uphold GDST’s Carbon Neutral commitment across our operations, with a goal to become Net Zero Carbon by 2050.


With more than 20 years of experience in sustainability and architectural design across different building typologies ranging from hospitals, research, science and academic buildings, Anu is spearheading GDST estates’ decarbonisation journey by implementing several energy efficiency measures across all 25 GDST school campuses. These range from solar PV onsite generation, efficient LED lights, decarbonisation of heating, fabric upgrades and more efficient, smart controls across the buildings. In addition to this, she is developing  a GDST wide framework for schools’ sustainability action plans to promote sustainability debate and partnerships, improving knowledge and measuring outcomes of climate action to better prepare the younger generation to tackle the challenges of mitigating climate change head on.

Peter Rogers
Sustainable Acoustics
Peter Rogers BSc(Hons) MSc CEng FIOA FRSA MIOL is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and registered expert witness with over 30 years’ experience delivering noise and vibration solutions on a wide variety of projects, with a personable and practical style. He has worked on prestigious projects such as the Millennium Stadium, Wimbledon Centre Court, O2, Olympia, Guys & St Thomas Hospital, Olympic Park Licensing and numerous schools, WWF HQ Outstanding BREEAM Office in Woking, Material Science Metallurgy Building for the Cambridge University and Oxford University temporary teaching facilities.  He is the Managing Director and co-owner of Sustainable Acoustics and remains an active engineer. In his spare time Peter is a beekeeper.


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