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Padfield, T and Larsen, P K and Aasbjerg Jensen, L and Ryhl-Svendsen, M (2007) The potential and limits for passive air conditioning of museums, stores and archives. In: Museum Microclimates. National Museum of Denmark. ISBN 978-87-7602-080-4


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The climate in unventilated stores and archives can be entirely passively controlled in temperate regions. Three actual and one simulated archive demonstrate the potential of variants of conservation heating. The heat and humidity buffering of the building and its content must be sufficient to allow the building to cruise through both summer and winter extremes on inertial guidance. This brings the passive climate quite close to the strict limits imposed by standards and guidelines. The increased chemical decay caused by internal pollution accumulating through lack of ventilation cannot be quantified because of a lack of research on the kinetics of gas-solid reactions in stores with multiple levels of enclosures. However, pollutant absorbers are effective in cleaning the air. Extension of passive climate control to exhibition spaces cannot provide a constant climate but is certainly capable of reducing variation in temperature and relative humidity to a useful degree and within the safe limits according to current scientific knowledge.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Museum; Storage; Archive; Passive air-conditioning
Subjects: English > Climate Control
Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2008 15:24
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2016 14:02

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