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1 Mike Sarna Head of Interpretation & Design Building Greener Exhibitions

2 Presentation outline Stay with me (a little boring but important) - our approach Case studies – The Deep Sea, Butterflies, Darwin Centre Some practical tips that you can implement tomorrow How you can overcome some of the pitfalls and barriers and just get on with it


4 Sustainability at NHM Aspiration to be the most sustainable museum in the UK The first museum in the UK to receive ISO 14001 accreditation Implementation of an environmental management system £3m invested in new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) increasing fuel efficiency to 80% Invest to Save reduced our carbon emissions by 10% BMS upgrades to gallery controls Borehole – grey water reuse LED feature lighting 4,000 light fittings – 400 tonnes of carbon savings in a year


6 PEG Going Green approach (3 year goals) Year one – develop more sustainable approaches to doing our work, introduce a new culture, track our existing efforts and expand on successes Year two – implementing new and more innovative initiatives and engaging the community in the work that we are doing Year three – refining our work and communicating achievement

7 Sustainable Design and Construction Minimize negative impacts on the natural environment Optimize long-term costs of operating and maintaining exhibitions Optimize the quality of the indoor environment Educate our community to the benefits of utilization and extend awareness that could improve the local environment

8 WPY Image Environmentally friendly features - LED light panels - Aluminium structures - AV Hardware - Low VOC materials

9 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the year 2010 Wildlife Photographer of the year The Deep Sea 2010 Darwin Centre 2011 Wall systems Interactives Seating LED Light panels AV Wall systems Interactives AV Seating Casework Wall systems Interactives LED Light panels AV Casework Seating AV Storage

10 What made it to the tip? Graphics Fabric wall covering Central whale fall feature (some non-recycled elements) Suggestions for approach Planning and embedding into the process (audit) Scoping a legacy Absorbing costs (storage)

11 Natural History Museum Environmentally preferable materials and fabrication Introduction In working towards continual improvements in the sustainability of the Museum’s exhibitions and public offer, and in line with Museum's Environmental Policy, design and fabrication should demonstrate consideration of environmental impacts. Environmentally preferable products will be purchased whenever they offer value for money and preference will be given to designs that incorporate, or provide alternative options, for:  Energy efficient lighting and technology  The use of recycled material  The use of environmentally preferable material  The use of sustainably sourced material  The use of material, and its packaging, that can be reused, recycled, or taken back by supplier for remanufacturing. Specific Environmental Preferences It is the responsibility of designers to ensure that they do not specify or procure materials that are banned under EU and UK Legislation and British Standards. The following list gives some examples of the materials that should be included, but is not exclusive:  Asbestos or materials containing asbestos;  Vermiculite insulation materials (unless established as asbestos free);  Lead or materials containing Lead;  Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s); and  Timber preservatives – Dieldrine, Lindane, Creosote (UK Banned), Pentochlorophenol (PCP) (severely restricted with EC Directive.). The following materials should be avoided on environmental grounds as they present such a risk to the environment that they should be controlled by application of a project wide standard: SUSTAINABILITY – DC2 PUBLIC OFFER Aspects able to be implemented under Project Management Toner Stevenson, November 2007 Additional information from meeting held 20 November, 2007 with Lisa Miall and Glynnan Barham. The following rationale was discussed to ensure NHM policy is implemented. Interpretation strategy to be added by Mike Sarna. ASSESSMENT OF BRIEFS AND TENDERS Environmental policy will be followed throughout the project and on specific situations, such as tendering (this is already occurring). The Museums environment policy is included as part of every tender package. The DC2 approved procurement policy also has this embedded within it. This covers the following: Production and specification methods Use of materials Waste disposal and renewable options OJEU/OJEC tendering process will include environmental issues as a key criterion for DC2 works. Action: continue as planned with all tenders. CONSULTATION AT MILESTONES Reviews will occur at key milestones, such as Detail Design Quality Assurance (Feb/Mar 08). Action: TS to review the Design Quality Indicator EVALUATION Lisa has offered to evaluate work as it is done to assure the standards promised are being met. This will be on an on-call basis. Key Areas of high impact: LIGHTING: Explore, Atrium, DAS special lighting Most exhibition, specialist and display lighting in the public offer space is able to be specified and delivered with a high level of energy efficiency, life-cycle and control. Life-cycle An important aspect of the appointment of lighting Designer, Mark Sutton Vane, was the company’s position as a leader in meeting and setting environmental standards, making energy efficiency and environmental concerns central to their business practice. Showcase lighting forms part of their brief and will have similar conditions upon it as well as stringent collections-based criteria. The control systems for lighting will include dormant period emergency lighting, cleaning lighting modes and operational lighting. Areas of concern are the lighting of Science spaces during times when there is no science occupation but when the public offer is fully operational. Action: GB will give TS the outcome of the lighting audit review. Creating a green relationship Project team Designers Fabrication firms Agreed process

12 Sample process Briefs & Tenders Milestone Consultation Evaluation & Tracking Project Team Environmental Plan Pre Project Appraisal Procurement Strategy KPIs Statutory Requirements Fabrication Tenders Exhibition Design Service Strategy Construction Use Refurbish Disposal

13 Amazing Butterflies

14 Butterfly Explorers


16 Communicating achievement

17 Balancing Environmental Considerations Performance – will these materials be durable in high traffic areas? Availability – how readily available are some of these materials? Financial Cost – is this going to break the museum’s budget? Aesthetic – are the product choices limiting and materials just plain ugly? What is “green”?

18 Establishing Priorities Sustainability is core to the Natural History Museum’s brand Audit – get a grip on what you are already doing Elicit feedback from staff and address concerns and find ways forward Minimum standards as recommended by third-party organizations Promoting Green Procurement Internal Green Team Staff Education Give it a go – what if we do nothing?

19 Questions?


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