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Custom House Quay

Shedding light on a Dublin icon

Custom House Quay

Shedding light on a Dublin icon



ESB operates its off-site start-up incubator within Custom House Quay (CHQ) building resident and collaborative technology hub, Dogpatch Labs. When the CHQ began looking for solutions to its outdated and unreliable lighting system, the team were on hand to recommend ESB Energy Business Solutions



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"As CHQ is over 200 years old and last refurbished in 2008, the building was in need of an energy efficient, more reliable lighting system that would also provide a nice atmosphere for our tenants and customers. ESB has helped us to achieve exactly what we needed."

Monika Wojtek

Operations Director CHQ


The Challenge

Home to retail and event spaces, restaurants, a museum and Dogpatch Labs, CHQ is an iconic building in the heart of the Dublin Docklands. As a 200 year-old building and one of the Dublin City's finest examples of 19th Century industrial architecture, extreme care needed to be taken to preserve the integrity of the structure and its aesthetics. 

While aesthetics were a consideration, the CHQ team's primary concerns were around finding a lighting solution that offered reliability and was cost efficient.



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The Solution

  • 2,000 light fittings were replaced with LED under ESB Energy Business Solutions’ financing scheme, meaning no upfront investment from CHQ was required.
  • LED technology offers the most energy efficient lighting option available. A considerably longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs, has made LEDs a popular solution
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The Results

  • Lighting load reduced by 60%
  • Reduced overall energy costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs


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The Competitive Advantages

  • Improved aesthetics provide a relaxed atmosphere for tenants and visitors
  • Operational reliability makes CHQ attractive for prospective tenants
  • Lower maintenance and energy costs allow for reallocation of resources
  • No requirement for initial capital investment facilitated an immediate solution


Dramatically Reduce your Energy Costs

ESB Energy works in partnership with large energy users to deliver sustainable solutions that dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.


  • Unparalleled expertise in the energy sector
  • An international network of technology partners
  • Advanced energy monitoring and analytics
  • Project financing with no upfront investment required


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