Energy saving down to a fine art

Museum Kunsthalle Weishaupt

Thanks to the development of a comprehensive energy concept, the Kunsthalle Weishaupt museum has been able to halve its electricity consumption. (Copyright: Kunsthalle Weishaupt)

Thanks to a comprehensive energy concept developed by ENGIE Deutschland, the Kunsthalle Weishaupt art gallery in the German city of Ulm needs 40% less energy than it did before. Since the implementation of the energy-saving measures, the building’s power consumption has halved in comparison with November 2018 and the electricity costs alone have fallen by €5,000 a month. The energy group’s Stuttgart subsidiary planned a series of renovation and modernization works and was able to implement them all during a two-week closure of the art gallery in fall 2018. During the works, mobile air humidifiers were used to keep the relative humidity within the required levels to ensure that the valuable pieces of art were not damaged.

The energy-saving measures in Kunsthalle Weishaupt focused on controlling temperature and humidity more efficiently in the exhibition rooms. The steps taken by ENGIE’s team to achieve this objective included converting an electric steam humidifier into a high-pressure water humidifier, replacing the central water treatment system and fitting aftercoolers into the network of ducts within the ventilation system. The measures will save more than €75,000 a year, meaning that all the work will have paid for itself within just four years.
Opened in 2007, the museum belongs to the Weishaupt family and displays more than 400 paintings and sculptures, including works by Max Bill, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol.

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