The "art" of conditioned air
Conditioned air is critical in locations like art galleries, museums and other specialized buildings where the lack of elevated levels of humidity can wreak havoc on commodities inside. The concept of protecting valuables through building design is one building science experts routinely promote to home-builders.
Museums have aesthetic appeal, experts say, but come up short in functionality. Because they’re not “normal” buildings supporting “normal” occupants, they need to be designed with different approach – one that considers different systems, assemblies and materials.
Erecting residential and commercial buildings to meet high standards demands considerable upfront planning to integrate an HVAC system to provide constant necessary conditions. In places like museums, work can dry and crack with prolonged exposure to drier air and can be magnets for mold and mildew with overexposure to air that is too moist.
In fact, some building science experts tell prospective homeowners to look at their homes as art galleries because they’re special and complex.
“You have to use the right tools,” said Achilles Karagiozis, global director of building science for Owens Corning. “The bottom line is that we need to give guidance to people to apply the fundamentals correctly. They really need to think and understand what they’re attempting to do, and use good design tools."
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Gary Parsons Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. www