Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series #3 Webinars

Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities Education & Training Grant Program, IPI will be presenting a third series of Sustainable Preservation Practices webinars in 2015. These free webinars provide practical guidelines for implementing sustainable energy management practices in collecting institutions. We encourage facilities administrators, HVAC technicians, curators, conservators, directors, librarians, archivists and collection managers to attend. Whenever possible, teams of collections and facilities staff should participate together.

The earlier presentations are designed for individuals who are new to the subject or need a refresher course. Later presentations are for individuals with more extensive knowledge and those more deeply involved with environmental analysis and management of HVAC systems.

All webinars will be presented by IPI staff on a Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 US Eastern Standard Time. Register for one or more webinars at

February 11, 2015 (Beginner / Moderate Level)  Register now!
Introduction to Sustainable Practices in Environmental Management

  • Sustainable Preservation Practices—Balancing Collection Preservation and Energy ReductionThe Evolution of New Standards and Recent Research
  • Deterioration Basics—Major Types of Decay and their Relationship to Heat and Moisture
  • When to Start Worrying—Environmental Extremes and Material Vulnerabilities
  • Understand and Control Inappropriate Levels of Heat and Moisture
    • Outdoor Climate
    • Building Envelope
    • HVAC System
  • Two Approaches—Enclosures & Equilibration and Systems

March 11, 2015  (Beginner / Moderate Level)  Register now!
Understand the Risks & Benefits of Your Storage Environment

  • Understand the Four Primary Categories of Decay
    • IPI’s Preservation Metrics™
    • The Role of Heat and Moisture in Each Category of Decay
      • How temperature effects chemical decay and the benefits of cool storage for organics
      • The role of humidity in metal corrosion
      • Heat, moisture and mold growth
      • The effect of temperature and RH fluctuations on the risk of mechanical decay
    • The Interaction of Temperature and RH with Pollution and Light
    • Environmental Extremes and Collection Vulnerabilities

April 8, 2015 (Beginner / Moderate Level)  Register now!
Best Practices for Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collection Management Philosophy and Administrative Practices
  • Where to Collect Data and for How Long
  • Environmental Monitoring Tools
  • Use Temperature Readings to Find Trouble Spots
    • Thermometers                
    • Infrared thermometers
  • Data Analysis Tips
  • Building Management System (BMS) Trending

May 6, 2015 (Beginner / Moderate Level)  Register now!
Dealing with Temperature & Moisture Extremes in Your Environment

  • How Temperature, Relative Humidity, and Dew Point Interact—IPI’s Dew Point Calculator
  • Dealing with Temperature Extremes
  • The Weather Outside—How Both Porous and Sealed Building Envelopes Deal with Moisture
  • Temperature and Moisture Control in Historic Buildings
  • The Energy Costs of Dealing with Excessive Moisture via HVAC Systems
  • Two Major Approaches to Dehumidification – Desiccants and Sub-Cooling

June 10, 2015 (All Levels)  Register now!
Equilibration and Enclosures

  • The Problem of Dryness—Low Humidity Levels   
  • The Problem of Dampness—High Humidity Levels
  • The Basics of Equilibration Behavior on Common Collection Types
    • Archives, Books, Museum Objects
  • Temperature and Moisture Equilibration Rates
  • The Seasonal Influences that Matter Most for Collections
  • How Exhibit and Storage Containers Can Help
    • Cabinets and showcases
    • Boxes and envelopes

July 8, 2015 (Beginner / Moderate Level – Historic Buildings & Small Institutions)  Register now!
Building Envelopes and Moisture Control  

  • Assess the Tightness of your Building
    • Interior vs. perimeter spaces
  • Simple Moisture Control
    • Gutters, basements, insulation
  • Air Circulation
  • Understand and Diagnose Microclimate Problems using an Infrared Thermometer
  • Use Dew Point to Identify Moisture Coming up from the Ground
  • Consequences of Building Closure in Winter or Summer

August 12, 2015 (Moderate / Advanced LevelInstitutions with HVAC Systems)  Register now!
Understanding Mechanical Systems

  • HVAC Systems—Dealing with Heat, Ventilation, and Moisture
  • The Loop—Simplifying How Systems Work
  • Modern Control Systems – Typical AHU Components
  • Understand Heat and Moisture Loads
  • Outside Air
  • Where HVAC uses Energy
  • Air Velocities and Tightness of Control
  • How Facilities Departments are Structured
  • Partnering with your Facilities Manager

September 9, 2015  (Moderate / Advanced Level – Institutions with HVAC Systems)  Register now!
Diagnosing and Addressing Inefficient HVAC Operations

  • Define System Inefficiencies – Where Energy is Wasted
    • Systems doing things they don’t need to do
    • Systems working against themselves
  • How to Use HVAC Cartoons and Schematic Drawings
  • How System Analysis is Done using Loggers in AHUs
  • Balancing Collection Preservation and Energy Reduction—Options to Consider
    • Fan speed
    • Lighting
    • Outside air
    • System setbacks
    • System shutdown

October 14, 2015 (All Levels)  Register now!
Becoming Sustainable:  Real-World Approaches

  • Make a Plan—it’s a Long Term Process
  • If you Don’t Monitor your Environment, Start
  • Form a Partnership with Facilities and Administrators
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Look for Solutions to Real Problems
    • Better definition of risks – equilibration rates, collection vulnerabilities
    • Less air velocity, night shutdowns and slowdowns
  • Become a Sustainability Champion
  • Case Histories