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Suitability of Some Existing Damage Indexes for Assessing Agreements in Maintenance and Management of Museum Climatization Systems

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2020, pp 396-409
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d7.0293
Matilde Pietrafesa1 , Laura Cirrincione2, Giorgia Peri2, Gianfranco Rizzo2, Gianluca Scaccianoce3
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Energy, Environment and Materials, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Via dell’Università, 25, 89124 Reggio Calabria RC, Italy
2 Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze Bld. 9, Palermo, Italy
3 Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze Bld. 9, Palermo, Italy National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology, via Ugo La Malfa 153, Palermo, Italy


Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning systems in museums are called to properly control important microclimate parameters, not only for visitors’ wellbeing, but mostly for the preservation of works of art. Accordingly, in case of interruptions to Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning systems, due to maintenance interventions or drawbacks, it is essential to guarantee the acceptable break from service to which possible damages for the works of art are related. In this regard, the aim of this work is to introduce a simple indicator to support curators in regulating the stipulation of contracts with external companies, a more effective management and maintenance of the Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning systems will thus be achieved in order to preserve the works of art, by integrating into the contracts economic penalties related to the system’s service break period. The feasibility of this new procedure has been checked by means of a case study involving the “Museo Regionale” of Palermo (Italy).

Keywords: Works of art preservation, Risk indexes, Environmental conditions, Museums, Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning management and maintenance service contract, Economic cost.

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