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Crombie, David and Bailey, Chris and Connolly, Bernard and Jones, Sonia and Watts, Siobhan and Yates, Sally Ann (2013) Sustainable climate control for art galleries? Experiences at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. Climate for Collections - Standards and Uncertainties. Postprints of the Munich Climate Conference 7 to 9 November 2012. pp. 193-206.

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The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is a traditional art gallery, in a Victorian building that has been modified and extended, with climate control systems ranging from close control air conditioning, to heating without any humidity control. This paper compares the performance of the different climate control systems, and discusses the implications of replacing the unreliable air-conditioning system that controlled two of the eighteenth- and nineteenth- century paintings galleries until recently. Rather than invest significant resources in a replacement air-conditioning system, relative humidity targets were relaxed, and the less energy-intensive approach of portable humidifiers was used for a trial period. Alongside this, a study of heat distribution in the building was undertaken to understand the sources of heat, and the impact of the glazing, lighting systems and other factors. The results have helped us learn more about our building, and have highlighted some simple solutions, such as increasing natural ventilation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, Climate control, Air conditioning, Heating, Relative Humidity, Natural ventilation
Subjects: English > Climate Control
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 13:20
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 13:39

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