• Methodologies for Sustainable HVAC Operation in Collection Environments

    Project Director(s):
    Jean-Louis Bigourdan
    Author(s):
    Jean-Louis Bigourdan
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Archives--Administration, Archival resources--Management, Archival materials--Management, Archives--Collection management, Archival materials--Conservation and restoration
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Research and Development, NEH Preservation and Access, Archival management and conservation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CV39
    Abstract:
    "Methodologies for Sustainable HVAC Operation in Collection Environments" is a research project designed to allow staff of libraries and archives with significant humanities collections to confidently evaluate protocols for energy saving and sustainability, and to balance stewardship with fiscal realities and global responsibility. Since little research has been done on the impact of short-term fluctuations in temperature and humidity("setbacks" during unoccupied nights and weekends), neither facilities managers nor collection care specialists know how to evaluate their effect on collection preservation. Through a combination of laboratory research, field investigation, data modeling, and the creation of a user-friendly field guide-style publication, this project will provide the field with reliable data and a usable method for monitoring room environments and estimating the impact of short-term fluctuations on long-term preservation.
    Notes:
    Investigation of the impact on paper-based collections of short-term fluctuations in environmental conditions resulting from the dynamic management, through temporary setbacks and shutoffs, of climate control systems. A guide would be published to help cultural institutions design and evaluate sustainable approaches to managing collection environments that achieve energy savings and long-term preservation of humanities collections.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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