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Green Museums: a LEED primer for preservation professionals

“As museums seek to improve their record on sustainability, conservators worldwide are grappling with reevaluating environmental control guidelines and other elements of the exhibit and storage environment. Museums are a challenging building type with diverse programming, from preserving and displaying collections to providing and maintaining visitor facilities, each with its own climatic requirements. The complexities involved in building or renovating a museum, combined with undertaking a sustainable design certification effort, can be daunting for someone unfamiliar with the process. To ensure that preservation concerns are integrated into the design, conservators must both understand the process and be an effective part of it.”