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Subject: Online course on environment

Online course on environment

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Monday, February 11, 2008
MS211: Preservation Environments
Instructor: Ernest A. Conrad
Dates: March 3 through 28, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Description: Discover what an HVAC is and why some work better in
one type of structure than another. Learn how to use a psychrometric
chart to predict potential problems in your museum. Find out about
LEED buildings and the future of museums. Become familiar with MERV,
HEPA, and other terms used by your building engineers. Preservation
Environments is essential for any institution considering a new
building--and any institution planning to expand or rebuild an
existing one. Participants learn the advantages and disadvantages of
numerous methods of temperature and humidity control. Preservation
Environments does not try to turn museum professionals into
engineers. Rather, it arms them with the knowledge they need to work
with engineers and maintenance professionals.

Course Outline

    Climate Control Basics
    Monitoring and Psychrometrics
    Water  The Enemy
    Preservation Tomorrow

Logistics: Participants in Preservation Environments work at their
own pace through six sections and interact through online chats.
Instructor Ernest Conrad is available at scheduled times for email
support. Preservation Environments includes online literature, slide
lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is
limited to 20 participants.

Preservation Environments runs four weeks. Sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org or Eric Swanson at eric<-a t->collectioncare< . >org

The Instructor:

    For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on environmental
    issues. He is president of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an
    engineering firm specializing in environmental systems for
    museums, libraries, archives and historic facilities.  A
    licensed mechanical engineer in several states, Mr. Conrad holds
    a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's in
    environmental engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia,

    A well-respected and honored member of many professional
    organizations, his greatest contribution to the preservation
    field was the development of environmental guidelines for
    engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives.  The
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
    Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) publishes standards in the areas of
    HVAC and refrigeration. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the
    ASHRAE Applications Handbook "Chapter 20:  Museums, Libraries
    and Archives."  For the first time, there are guidelines
    specific to our needs in the engineering literature.

    Mr. Conrad has studied environments and designed special climate
    control systems throughout the United States for clients as
    well-known as the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress,
    The Frick Collection, Getty Conservation Institute, The Pierpont
    Morgan Library, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and
    National Park Service. He has a special interest in house
    museums and how climate affects structures and collections
    housed within those structures.

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