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Standardizing the Indoor Climate in Swedish Churches: Opportunities, Challenges and Ways Forward
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2546-0981
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Abstract [en]

Standardization for indoor climate control in historic buildings has recently taken a new direction with standards and guidelines that focus more on decision processes than outcomes. The objective of the paper is to explore and discuss how standards can evolve to both fit and guide decision processes to facilitate a sustainable managementof Swedish churches. Interviews with engineersand heritage professionals in the Church of Sweden in combination with indoor climate monitoring were used to understand the technical and organizational context.The results show that the development of process standards solves some of the problems related to the conventional outcome-oriented approach by opening up for a wider set of solutions. However, available guidelines are difficult to apply and integrate in the existing management of churches. A stronger focus on strategic feedback and an increased use of local guidelines are suggested.

Keywords [en]
Indoor climate control, Process standards, Knowledge sharing, Sustainable management
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306949DiVA, id: diva2:1044834
Available from: 2016-11-07 Created: 2016-11-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Decision making on indoor climate control in historic buildings: knowledge, uncertainty and the science-practice gap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Decision making on indoor climate control in historic buildings: knowledge, uncertainty and the science-practice gap
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Balancing use, preservation and energy use is a fundamental challenge for the whole heritage field. This is put to the point in designing and operating systems for indoor climate control in historic buildings, where competing objectives such as preservation, comfort, accessibility, energy use and cost have to be negotiated in the individual case. The overarching aim of this thesis is to explore the gap between research and practice regarding energy efficient indoor climate control in historic buildings. The thesis deals with historic buildings where both the building fabric and the movable collection are vulnerable and where the management of the building is more or less professionalized. Examples of such buildings are palaces, churches and historic house museums, ranging from the large and complex to the small and simple. A key to a more sustainable management of these buildings is to understand how scientific knowledge related to indoor climate control can become usable for the professional practitioner. The thesis comprises six published papers introduced by a thesis essay. The papers reflect a progression both in terms of the research questions and the methodology. The first three papers outline the background needed for a technical understanding of the involved matters through an identification of key knowledge gaps. The three remaining papers use qualitative case studies to understand the nature of the gap between science and practice by paying more attention to the social aspects of decisions related to indoor climate control. Generally, the results of the thesis contribute to an expanded problem definition and to a better understanding of the gap between research and practice regarding energy efficient indoor climate control in historic buildings. It is shown how the specific social and material context is crucial for enabling or limiting a transition toward more sustainable ways of controlling the indoor climate. Furthermore it is discussed how uncertainty can be managed and communicated to support decisions, and suggestions are given for how decision processes regarding indoor climate control can be supported with improved standards to facilitate a more sustainable management. A conclusion for further research is that scientific knowledge alone will not be able to guide the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future; technical esearch has to be complemented with reflexive research approaches that explore the actual practices of heritage management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2016. p. 196
Series
Gothenburg studies in conservation, ISSN 0284-6578 ; 36
Keywords
Preventive conservation Environmental control, Energy efficiency, Decision-making, Knowledge sharing
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307359 (URN)978-91-7346-825-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-10-03, Hörsalen, Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5 A, Göteborg, 08:27 (English)
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Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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