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.
Chris Croly writes for Engineers Journal about challenges while working on the National Gallery of Ireland.