When HVAC design becomes reality: investigating the impact of floor heating on the indoor climate risks in a contemporary art museum

F. Verberne, E. Neuhaus, H.A. Ankersmit, H.L. Schellen

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Abstract

The consequences of installing underfloor heating in a contemporary art museum for the presentation and conservation of artworks are addressed in this paper. The subsequent relative humidity (RH) and temperature gradients are identified and analyzed. The research results show that above floor level, a vertical temperature gradient occurs of about 4°C in the first 0.1 meter, leading to lower RH readings at floor level. Objects placed on a heated floor cause thermal shielding. This results in RH gradients of up to 17% between lower and upper areas of objects placed on floors with underfloor heating. These large gradients can lead to accelerated degradation of climate-sensitive objects if no further measures are taken. Recommendations resulting from the technical research are described and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Triennal Conference ICOM-CC, 15-19 September 2014, Melbourne, Australia
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th Triennal Conference ICOM-CC, September 15-19, 2014, Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …

Conference

Conference7th Triennal Conference ICOM-CC, September 15-19, 2014, Melbourne, Australia
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period1/01/14 → …

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    Verberne, F., Neuhaus, E., Ankersmit, H. A., & Schellen, H. L. (2014). When HVAC design becomes reality: investigating the impact of floor heating on the indoor climate risks in a contemporary art museum. In Proceedings of the 17th Triennal Conference ICOM-CC, 15-19 September 2014, Melbourne, Australia (pp. 1-9)