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National Museums of Scotland

Energy Audits, condition surveys and Low or Zero Carbon Technology (LZCT) feasibility studies were carried out for the National Museums of Scotland estate, which includes museums, offices, retail, specialist stores for artefacts, laboratories etc.

The surveys were for six different developments within the National Museums of Scotland Estate: the National Museum, Chambers Street; the Museum of Flight, East Fortune; Leith Custom House; the National Museums of Scotland Collection Centre, Granton; the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride; and the National War Museum situated within Edinburgh Castle.

Targeted energy-saving recommendations were put forward following on from the surveys, which included changes to time scheduling and temperature set points, replacement of plant, review of heating and cooling strategies, incorporation of renewable technologies (such as wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic) and upgrades to lighting. Special consideration had to be given to the energy recommendations into the specialist conditions required for preservation of certain artefacts stored within the museums.