What is Dew Point and How is it Factored into Environmental Management for Collections?

When evaluating a collection space environment, existing or in the design phase, one of the primary questions to address is: what is the dew point? Dew point is a critical component of a collection space environment. If the dew point is too high or too low, it will contribute to collection damage. For example, excessively high dew points may lead to mold in a space. Understanding the criticality of dew point, what it is, why it matters, and how we can try to control it is important not only for the longevity of collections but for understanding the collection environment as a whole. This webinar will aid in the understanding of what dew point is, and why dew point is so critical in the preservation of collection materials.

Christopher Cameron, Sustainable Preservation Specialist, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), joined Image Permanence Institute (IPI) in 2013 and frequently consults with collecting institutions to provide advice on managing and operating mechanical systems to achieve the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy. Chris has an MS in Communication & Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to his work at IPI, Chris worked as a facility manager for twelve years and is certified in Project Management Certification from the International Facility Management Association and in HVAC systems by Energy Service Company. Christopher was a recipient of the 2021 Champion of Sustainability award from RIT.



September 12, 2022 - September 12, 2022
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT