How low can you go? 20 years of studying low-energy museum storage buildings

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For the typical museum, nine out of ten collection items will be in storage. For long-term preservation, it is necessary to maintaining the indoor climate within certain specifications. Traditionally this is done by mechanical air-conditioning, which however may be highly energy consuming. This clash with current aims of green museum and low carbon footprint operation. During the last two decades, a new type of storage buildings, based on a semi-passive design (no active heating, minimal mechanical humidity control, and high thermal insulation and heavy construction elements combined), has spread across Denmark. The culmination so far is the opening next year of the world’s largest such facility in Vinge, Frederikssund, built in partnership between the National Museum and Royal Library in Denmark. In several projects by mainly The National Museum, involving DTU and The Royal Danish Academy, the performance of these buildings have been documented during several years of monitoring, tests, and intervention studies. The energy use for climate control is usually <5% of what traditional buildings based on full air-conditioning consume, yet still providing the same or better conservation conditions. The presentation will summarize our findings so far, and identify necessary directions for future green museum building research.
Periode10 nov. 2021
Begivenhedstitelthe Royal Academy Research and Artistic Research Seminar on Sustainability
PlaceringKøbenhavn, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseLokal