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Linden, Jeremy and Reilly, James M. and Herzog, Peter (2013) Field-tested methodology for optimizing climate management. Climate for Collections - Standards and Uncertainties. Postprints of the Munich Climate Conference 7 to 9 November 2012. pp. 93-104.

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The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) has had an active research program concerning sustainable climate management in museums, libraries and archives for more than 15 years. During this time IPI has done materials response research in the laboratory, applied field research in numerous institutions, and undertaken efforts to create climate assessment algorithms, software and hardware. This paper describes a methodology for attaining optimal climate management in existing institutional circumstances. Optimal climate management is defined as the best balance between collections preservation, sustainable practices and energy costs. Elements of this methodology can also be useful in design and specification of new buildings. The current debate over proper standards and guidelines for environmental conditions, though driven in part by increased knowledge of object behavior, is also propelled by the need to reduce operating costs and output of greenhouse gases. Optimal climate management is a complex matrix of decisions influenced not only by standards and guidelines, but by a host of locally specific circumstances including the needs of the collection, local weather conditions, building construction and architectural significance, mechanical systems (or lack of them), staff knowledge and attention and many other factors. It is a group activity that, to succeed, must involve various specialists (principally those representing the collections’ well being, the operations and costs of building maintenance climate creation, the comfort of staff and visitors and those concerned with sustainability). The decisions and actions from such a climate management team are best taken when the group has a quantitative basis for: 1. The facts of the prevailing environmental conditions and their meaning for the health of collections, and 2. T he amount and costs of energy consumed to create such conditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate management, Sustainability, Museums, Libraries, Archives, Methodology, Standards, Guidelines, Energy Efficiency
Subjects: English > Climate Control
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 09:32
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 12:23

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