Trinity College Business School

Trench Heating

Sustainable Design


Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin’s multi award-winning flagship Business School – spanning 11,400 sq meters, with six storeys above ground & two below, has transformed both the Trinity campus and Pearse Street.


Most importantly, the iconic new building’s energy performance has been confirmed to be in accordance with the Near Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Directive – despite having been designed in advance of this definition – therefore envisaged to be one of the first prestigious projects in Ireland to achieve this.


Health & Wellness

The main Business School comprises primarily of Learning Spaces arranged around a central atrium space and double skin façades promoting natural light and ventilation. The building has been designed to maximise health and wellness, being primarily naturally ventilated from atrium and double-skin façade arrangements, whilst minimising energy consumption and maintenance requirements. Energy reduction has been achieved through a combination of passive design features (natural ventilation and daylight) in conjunction with low-energy ventilation systems supplemented by renewable technologies, in order to achieve nZEB performance.


Fun fact: Trinity Business School has the largest ‘living wall’ ever built in Dublin with the 70sq m living wall located on Pearse Street and comprising seven different species of plants!


Heating Solution

Versatile Heating, Cooling & Ventilation were pleased to provide the trench heating solutions for the project, which are ideal for maximising available floor-space without losing valuable heat output. Trench or perimeter heating is the ideal option for countering draughts from glazed windows.

Project Team

  • Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

  • Mechanical Contractor: IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Aercap House
Built-In DBE