Energy efficient museum storage

Copenhagen, 10 - 11 October 2013


Calculation tools and basic concepts

Lectures (too many!)

Exotic climates for exercises

References and bibliography

Cambridge, 15 October 2013

Lecture and text


Lecture and text

conservationphysics website

Workshop on low energy climate control in museum stores and archives
Copenhagen, 10 and 11 October 2013

The course finished long ago but the content is still available for study.

Preparatory reading

All links are to pdf files. Articles are explanatory, lectures are to refresh the memory of those who attended, and will be of variable clarity to others.

Glossary of the fundamental physical concepts and units relevant to the course:
Fundamentals of relevant atmospheric and material physics
An explanation of orthodox air conditioning
Principles of unorthodox air conditioning for storage rooms

Diagrams which are fundamental to microclimate discussions:
Vapour pressure diagram
Psychrometric chart
Copenhagen weather Typical weather synopsis, available for many places in the world.


Lecture slides
The whole course summarised in 20 minutes.

Standards for the storage environment
Lecture and text
The evidence from history - benefits of allowing temperature variation - introducing the 'almost standard' PD 5454:2012 and PAS 198

Basic building physics for low energy storage
Lecture slides

Introduction to the exercise: Design your storage building.
Lecture slides
Introduction to the design tools: Using local weather data, geology and landform. Geographical constraints. Plot the weather and superimpose your ideal environment. Identify what needs to be done (humidify/cool/heat/dehumidify) to reconcile the two; Consider both daily and annual cycles of outdoor climate. This exercise is done in small groups.

Energy efficient museum stores
Lecture slides
A review of existing buildings with diverse climate control systems.

Indoor air quality
External and internal pollutants - abatement techniques - CO2 in unventilated enclosures.

Increasing the resistance to change of both temperature and relative humidity - effect of air exchange rate - the Cologne archive

Cold storage
Low energy solutions for cold storage with humidity control.

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