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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
082. (Sustainability) Environmental Preservation Practices to Avoid

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To directly mitigate the impact on global climate change, many standards and codes are requiring buildings to reduce their energy use. This includes US Green Buildings Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED), ASHRAE Standard 189.1, and NYC Local Law 84. Unlike LEED and ASHRAE, NYC notes that certain institutions should be an exception to these rules. Taking the cue from NYC, museums, libraries and archives should be none too ready to adhere to LEED and ASHRAE. Many "energy efficient" techniques suggested or mandated by LEED and ASHRAE are counter-productive to the fundamental goals of collections preservation and should be avoided. These include Daylighting, Air-Side Econmizer, Reset Space Temperature, Occupancy or Night Shut-Down of Equipment, Seasonal Boiler Shut-Down, Chilled Water or Supply Air Temperature Reset, Green Roofs, "IAQ" and Productivity Arguments, Rooftop Photovoltaic Array, and Ground-Source Heat Pumps ("Geothermal" (sic)). This presentation defines these techniques, and why they are inappropriate for library and archives preservation environments.

A PDF of this paper, along with all past AIC papers by the author, can be found at this URL:

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William P. Lull

President, Garrison/Lull Inc., Garrison/Lull Inc.
Mr. Lull is a graduate of the Building Technology program at MIT, a principal and senior conservation environment consultant at Garrison/Lull Inc., and Adjunct Associate Professor of Building Technology at New York University. He has formerly worked as a designer and project manager... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower
  9. Poster, Sustainability