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The Indoor Climate in Skokloster Castle
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2010 (English)In: Historical buildings as museums: Systems for climate control and heritage preservation / [ed] Davide Del Curto, Firenze: Nardini Editore , 2010, 84-93 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Skokloster castle is a heavy stone and brick building without any active climatization. It houses a large collection of artefacts shown in their historic environment without any showcases. The objective of this study is to analyse the indoor climate, make a risk assessment and to propose interventions to improve the indoor climate with respect to the long term preservation of the collection. Relative humidity and temperature have been monitored within the castle for more than one year. Air exchange in selected rooms has been measured quarterly using diffusive sampling. The indoor climate is characterized by extremely low temperatures and high relative humidity in the winter. Even though the building does reduce the effect of outdoor variations, the variations in the indoor climate are larger than one would prefer in a museum. The primary risks associated with the indoor climate are mould growth, mechanical damages and chemical degradation. The variations in RH can be reduced by enhancing the effective hygrothermal inertia of the building through a reduction of the air exchange. In order to substantially reduce the mould risk, conservation heating and/or dehumidification would be needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Firenze: Nardini Editore , 2010. 84-93 p.
Keyword [en]
Indoor climate, risk assessment, historic buildings, museums
National Category
Energy Systems Building Technologies
Research subject
Conservation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1188ISBN: 978-88-404-42 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1188DiVA: diva2:461218
Conference
Historical Buildings as Museums, Milano, April 2010
Available from: 2011-12-02 Created: 2011-12-02 Last updated: 2017-01-25Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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. 196 p.
Series
Gothenburg studies in conservation, ISSN 0284-6578 ; 36
Keyword
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: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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