London Art Museum Goes Big On Energy Efficiency

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It's not only big businesses that are striving for greater energy efficiency, art spaces too are taking the necessary steps to reduce carbon (CO2) emissions, with the National Gallery in London becoming the latest to benefit from managing its energy consumption.

Click Green reports that the building, which was designed by William Wilkins in the 1830s, has achieved 85% energy savings on lighting through a combination of highly efficient LEDs and a digital control system.

Energy management systems have the ability to bring buildings into the 21st century with in-built technology which can adapt to the changing environment and make full use of available daylight. For the gallery, this means lighting levels operate in accordance with visiting hours.

Managing lighting levels is especially important for an art gallery, where paintings need to be lit to exacting scientific standards in order to preserve them.

Not only are there obvious functionality advantages of developing energy efficiency measures, but there are financial rewards too. It's estimated that the gallery will see annual energy savings of 765,000 kWh at a cost saving of around £53,600, with reduced maintenance saving a further £36,000.

The project will also see the National Gallery make considerable headway towards its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 43% by 2015, whilst prioritising the responsible use of energy on-site.

When you factor in the better environment staff and visitors will enjoy as a result of the change the benefits prove to be fourfold, which analysts say should encourage more organisations to seek out ways in which they can manage their energy.

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