The busy venue wanted to address its energy performace as per the public sector targets for 2030.

Key results

  • €13,402

    electrical energy savings
  • 27,725kg

    carbon savings
  • €66,398

    SEAI funding


Dublin City University’s Helix Theatre is a multipurpose venue located in Glasnevin, Dublin.

The stage is one of the largest in the country, allowing the Helix to host everything from theatre to musicals and even ice shows.

The project

The Dublin City University Energy Team manages energy across all campuses and are aiming to improve energy performance throughout all facilities by 50% by 2030.

As part of their commitment to sustainability they decided to replace the Helix Theatre’s old inefficient air-cooled chiller with a modern high efficiency inverter driven unit.

DCU supports local charities with the savings that have resulted from their energy reduction measures. In recent years, they have supported local fuel poor housing in Glasnevin, St Michaels House, and Barretstown, which is all done through their SEAI partner REIL.

Project coordinated by: REIL (Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd)

We have seen energy, carbon and cost savings, and a positive return on the capital investment. Our environmentally friendly chiller, has lower carbon emissions, has less maintenance requirements, and helps provide a more comfortable environment within the theatre. A win win win for DCU, SEAI, and the environment!
Richard Kelly, Estates Manager, DCU


As a result of installing the inverter driven unit, the Helix has saved €13,402 in electrical energy and 27,725 kg in carbon to date.

The project cost €195,000 in total. SEAI funded 30% as an educational project, which amounts to €66,398.

SEAI's community supports

This project was a recipient of a SEAI community grant. SEAI provides a range of additional community supports including free mentoring, technical supports and funding. In addition to grant funding, projects are able to apply for energy credits.

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