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Olstad, T and Haugen, A (1997) Climates in stave churches: Localised heating of the congregation in Kaupanger Stave church. NIKU Fagrapport (4). Riksantikvaren. ISBN 0805-4703

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The project on Climates in Stave Churches (also known as the Climate project) was initiated by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in 1986. The aim of the Climate Project was to procure the necessary information for cultural heritage administration in order to be able to implement the necessary measures to improve climatic conditions both for works of art within the churches and for the church buildings themselves, while simultaneously taking into account the needs of the congregations. A preliminary summary of the project in 1993, based on measurements from five wooden churches, confirmed that the climatic conditions in the heated churches were far from ideal. Establishing local climate zones within the church was seen as a solution which would satisfy the users’ need for a comfortable level of heat while at the same time achieving the most natural climate possible for the inventory and the church building. The Kaupanger project, a full-scale experiment in Kaupanger stave church, based on SINTEF’s positive results with localised heating of the congregation, started in 1993 and ended in 1996. The project is based on short periods of heating and heating the areas used by the congregation with radiant heat from heaters in the pews. The heating is done at two levels and is controlled by the verger using a temperature monitor and timer. The climate registrations from the Climate Project in Kaupanger were expanded with temperature measurements in the heated areas and control measurements using other instruments. The project has shown that in general it is possible to provide the congregation with a satisfactory level of warmth while at the same time reducing the climatic loading on artefacts and buildings. The financial gain from the point of view of energy savings are considerable. Heating those users who move about is still a problem and this requires further work to find a suitable method of controlling the heating. The knowledge obtained from this project is a step further in the work which must be continued to improve climates in the churches for works of art and for users.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Church; Wood; Indoor climate; Measurment; Localised heating; Radiant heating; Intermittent heating
Subjects: English > Climate Control > Heating
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Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008 07:50
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 16:32

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