Chris is a technical director who manages the Building Services engineering team in the Dublin studio, ensuring that it retains its reputation for industry leading sustainable building designs of the highest quality.
Chris has had the opportunity to work on many of Ireland’s lowest energy buildings including the ESB’s Headquarter offices, the National Gallery of Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology Tourism and Leisure building, University College Cork Environmental Research Institute and Colaiste Choilm Secondary School low energy research school project. He has also assisted our international studios with developing sustainability strategies for many exemplar low energy projects internationally.
Many of his buildings have achieved exemplar energy performance through the application of innovation in both passive and active building design and with little or no additional capital cost. The performance of the buildings that he has worked on has been proven through extensive building monitoring and the projects have been recognised through over 40 awards for sustainable design and quality.
Beyond the scope of his project work, Chris is involved in sustainable building research, the results of which have been readily shared with the industry through regular conferences and publications. This sharing of information assists in the development of the industry’s knowledge and development of improved sustainable design. Chris is also an external examiner for Technical University Dublin and offers advice to the college and students on modern sustainable design techniques.
The tools available will change dramatically as new low energy efficient systems emerge such as fuel cell CHP. This, combined with a dramatic drop in on-site renewable costs may result in the removal of grid based systems and their replacement with increased building autonomy.
The new headquarter offices provides a world class example of sustainable design and innovation.
Wren Hotel makes the most of its tight urban site offering 137 compact and luxurious bedrooms in the heart of Dublin.
Refurbishment and upgrade of historic galleries. BDP’s building services engineers designed the new air conditioning and environmental control systems that were retrofitted into the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Bonham Quay is a mixed use development comprising 26,000 sqm of Grade A office space and 2,000 sqm of retail and restaurant space.
The project involved the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a new 15,000m2 state of the art facility.
A high end office fit-out located in the iconic Windmill Quarter in the 2WML office.
We have completed a 7,000sqm office fit-out for Yahoo! in Dublin’s city centre. Three floors of offices were completed over a four month fast-track construction programme.
ESB Leopardstown comprises three five-storey blocks of office space with external terraces at the fifth storeys.
This project involved the conversion of the 1967 PJ Carroll’s cigarette factory, one of the best examples of Miesian architecture in Europe.
Modern fitout of creative agency Rothco’s office in Smithfield Market Square delivered within a tight construction programme of eight months.
A low energy research project to test and study methods of improving the environmental performance of school buildings.
A new county hall for Fingal County Council in Swords. A symbol of the client’s desire for opennes`s in local government, clear in it’s relationship to the particularities of its site and providing a quality environment, on low energy principles, for both occupants and visitors.
BDP has integrated sustainability into all aspects of the building design to produce one of the lowest energy use office buildings in Northern Ireland within normal budget constraints.
We persuaded the client to follow the “kitchen of the future” concept by examining each item of cooking equipment, understanding it and replacing it with more efficient equipment.
Chris Croly writes for Engineers Journal about challenges while working on the National Gallery of Ireland.