The ERI is the a naturally ventilated laboratory building in Ireland and funding by the HEA was supported by Sustainable Energy Ireland. This low energy building optimises solar power, cross ventilation and daylight and draws heat from a local aquifer. The building has no boiler, using instead the aquifer and a heat pump. The laboratories are located along the northern edge of the building, while the offices are along the southern edge. Internal stair cores act as ventilation flues, and the laboratories themselves are naturally ventilated, and enclosed with cedar windows infilling the exposed concrete frame.
The building is a research project itself, with additional sensors located in the building fabric to track environmental performance.