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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Rachael Arenstein

Principal, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation and Fellow in IIC. She is a principal of A.M. Art Conservation, LLC, the private practice that she co-founded in 2009. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian's... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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