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Thursday, May 29 • 10:50am - 11:10am
(Opening Session) A LEED primer for conservators: or, what should I do when the architect proposes daylight in our new galleries?

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LEED, (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a program managed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the primary program that guides the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The LEED program and the Green Building Certification Institute “provide third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.” LEED certification is increasingly sought by museums undergoing renovation or new construction for the environmental benefits it brings as well as the cache it lends. LEED design goals are used as tools for fundraising and certified ratings are trumpeted in post-opening press releases. At a time when conservators worldwide grapple with reevaluating environmental control guidelines and other elements of the exhibit and storage environment, LEED guided museum projects add additional complexity to the equation of how to create and manage suitable environmental and lighting environments. As museums seek to improve their record on sustainability, it behooves conservators to understand how to work with the system. An overview of the alternate programs to LEED will also be given to familiarize conservators with the differences.

Working with a project architect to achieve platinum, gold, or silver certification shouldn’t feel like an Olympic medal event. This paper will present an overview of the prerequisites and credit systems for the LEED programs most relevant to museums, and will highlight areas which have become points of contention on museum projects. With a better understanding of the program’s vocabulary, goals and methods, conservators will be better prepared to discuss with colleagues, administrators and architects the implications of various “green” choices for the long-term care of museum collections.

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avatar for Rachael Perkins Arenstein

Rachael Perkins Arenstein

Conservator & Principal, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a partner of A.M. Art Conservation, LLC, the private practice she co-founded in 2009. She spent the last three years working in Israel as the Conservator at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, an archaeological collection with ceramics from pre-history to the Islamic period and as the conservator for Tel Gezer excavations overseeing the care of finds and protocols for ceramic restoration. Prior to that she worked at the... Read More →
avatar for Scott Raphael Schiamberg

Scott Raphael Schiamberg

Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects
Scott Raphael Schiamberg is an Associate Principal at the architecture firm, Perkins Eastman in New York City. Scott’s professional work has focused on the design of complex, large-scale projects across a wide spectrum of building types in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he has extensive experience in the planning and design of some of the most prestigious sport facilities and events around the world including... Read More →


Thursday May 29, 2014 10:50am - 11:10am
Grand Ballroom A-C

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