UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Climate change mitigation strategies for mechanically controlled repositories


1 March 2012

A computer based building simulation model was developed to examine the energy load and environmental management in The National Archives Q1 repository building in Kew, UK to optimise environmental management and examine the impacts of climate change. The need to accurately simulate the hygrothermal environment inside the archive building which houses mainly paper-based records led to the choice of EnergyPlus as the modelling software. The study presents the simulation results of five environmental strategies which predict energy saving potential as high as 43% without significantly affecting the quality of the preservation environment. The effect of climate change is predicted to have little impact on the archive environment due to the filtering effect of the air conditioning system. On the other hand, an increase in total energy load by 15% and 24% is predicted under the worst case climate change scenario in 2050 and 2080, respectively, if the current environmental management practice is continued into the future. However, the identified energy saving strategies could represent possible mitigative solutions in reducing future energy load against the impact of climate change. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Climate change mitigation strategies for mechanically controlled repositories: Thecase of The National Archives, Kew. Atmospheric Environment, 49 163-170. 

Hong, S.H., Strlic, M., Ridley, I., Cassar, M., Ntanos, K., Bell, N. (2012)

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