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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Central Bank of Ireland

Irish green

Once a symbol of recession – an unsightly slab of concrete representing much that had gone awry for banking and construction – now a symbol of recovery and regeneration.


🏢Building Details

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Outstanding in Design (86.7%) + Excellent in Use

  • Ireland’s 1st commercial BER A2 energy rated = 72% reduction in energy consumption over Irish Building Regulations

  • Anodised aluminium mesh panels on façade reduce impact of solar heat gain, reducing energy needed for heating and cooling

  • Extensive sub-metering: lighting + small power metered separately per half-floor plate on each floor; energy for heating sub-metered per quarter-floor plate on each floor – all linked to BMS for detailed consumption overview

  • Mixed-mode ventilation strategy reduces A/C energy: when external conditions are a comfortable 14-25ºC, façade mounted louvers open allowing only fresh air to ventilate

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Inclusive Design embedded: staff with disabilities shared their experiences in workshops, collaborating to help reshape design – personal site inductions given a week before moving

  • Hearing enhancement systems in a number of meeting rooms, including boardroom + multi-purpose space

  • Internal spaces contain CO2 sensors to monitor + address increased carbon dioxide levels – constantly improving ventilation, aiding productivity

  • Extensive cycle storage + facilities = 300 racks + 30 showers

🎈Bonus feature

Small, passive energy-saving measures have been adopted throughout. For example, laptops have replaced desktop computers (employees can answer phones directly from laptops) – and given a laptop consumes up to 80% less electricity than a desktop, this translates to a significant saving with 1,450 staff.

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