• Developing a Master Plan for Environmental Improvements and Energy Conservation

    Project Director(s):
    John D. Childs
    Author(s):
    John D. Childs
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Museums--Study and teaching, Historic preservation
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Historic New England
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, NEH Preservation and Access, Museum studies, Historical preservation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K072
    Abstract:
    Historic New England (HNE) requests funding for a master plan to evaluate energy conservation options and control system upgrades at its collections storage facility in Haverhill, MA. HNE maintains the most comprehensive and best-documented collection of New England decorative arts and household artifacts in the country, a rich resource for scholars and exhibitions. Despite efforts since 1989, environmental controls at the facility have remained problematic. With the purchase of the building in 2006, HNE is now in a position to develop a comprehensive approach using all available techniques. HNE has assembled a multidisciplinary project team who can study the interactions of the building envelope and mechanical systems for the entire facility. Expected outcomes include cost-effective solutions that can be shared with other museums, as well as an improved storage facility that is financially and environmentally sustainable and can house expanded public programming.
    Notes:
    Planning for sustainable environmental conditions in a centralized collection storage facility that houses nearly half of Historic New England's 110,000-item collection of decorative arts and household furnishings.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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