HVAC Installation, Renovation, and Collections Environments – An Introduction

Maintaining appropriate preservation environments – those that can manage risks of chemical and mechanical degradation, while protecting against mold and corrosion – often requires the use of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, or HVAC. This session will discuss strategies for collections and institutional staff working with engineering/contractor partners during HVAC design, installation, and renovation processes, with the ultimate goal being an active, integrated decision-making approach that best combines the expertise of both collections and mechanical professionals.

Specifically, we’ll go through:

  • How to set design parameters and system specifications that match preservation needs;
  • The perspectives of both collections and mechanical professionals, and how to combine the experience of each;
  • Critical communication points during the design/installation/renovation process that help avoid miscommunication;
  • Tools and resources to use throughout the process.

Though many of the strategies can be used by institutions of all sizes, the discussion will include notes on where, and how, experiences may vary based on the size of the organization and/or the engineering/contractor partner.

Discussion will include an introduction to updates in the 2019 American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Handbook – Applications, Chapter 24: Museums, Galleries, Archives, and Libraries.


Jeremy Linden has been the Principal/Owner of Linden Preservation Services, Inc., since 2017. He is an active educator and consultant, and works closely with colleagues in libraries, archives, and museums on issues of material preservation, mechanical system performance, energy-savings, and sustainability. He was previously the Senior Preservation Environment Specialist at the Image Permanence Institute from 2010-2017. Jeremy earned an MLS in Information Studies and an MA in History from the University of Maryland, and a BA in History from Vassar College. Formerly a certified archivist and HVAC professional, Jeremy has over 20 years of experience working in the cultural heritage field.

Recorded: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Duration: 1 Hour 44 minutes


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