COMFORT VERSUS CONSERVATION
A large part of our cultural heritage is preserved in museums, galleries and historic buildings. Castles, churches and mansions are safe-keeping or exhibiting places for historic artefacts, but unlike modern buildings they are not provided with a high degree of insulation and complicated indoor climate control equipment. The challenge is to find heating solutions that provide a comfortable temperature for visitors and inhabitants while conserving buildings and artefacts without being obtrusive to the historical architecture.
Most historic buildings were never designed to meet today’s demands in terms of thermal comfort. Responding to these demands may seriously damage such buildings, if heating solutions are chosen that do not also carefully consider conservation requirements and the original structure of the building.