We want to hear from you!

The National Park Service Cultural Resources Programs are working internally and with partners to define and promote national policies that encompass both sustainability and historic preservation. To this end, NCPTT is looking for your input to develop a prioritized list of topics that would help focus sustainability related research efforts across the preservation community.

Share your thoughts on the following in the comment section below:

What is(are) the biggest unfulfilled research question(s) related to  sustainable preservation?

What  research already exists that should be included in a sustainable  preservation clearinghouse or disseminated in some other manner?

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3 Responses to Share your thoughts on sustainable preservation.

  1. Steve Hastings says:

    Products — what “green” materials [e.g. paint, floor finishes, caulk, cleaning, Ad Infinitum] work the longest while having the minimum impact on historic fabric.


  2. Elizabeth Pidgeon says:

    There have been demonstrable problems on preservation projects using materials and treatments marketed as “green” due to the use of recycled materials with unexpected material characteristics. There seem to be two problems. First is products fail to disclose material source and characteristics, which doesn’t allow the user to make an informed decision regarding the risks of use. This becomes problematic when confronted with the second problem: many of these materials are promising to be “non-toxic” and safe without any sampling and testing of the recyled materials being taken in for reuse. Contamination of the recycled material becomes incorporated in the “new” product. There don’t appear to be adequate statistics and testing standards regarding these “re-manufactured” materials.

  3. Carolyn Wallingford says:

    Here is my question relating to sustained preservation of museum collections. There is scant literature on the long term impact of radon environments on cultural and natural history materials. Some materials are derived from the archeological context and may contain measureable radiation from the soils there is a need to understand what impacts (adverse or no adverse) to archeological materials that are stored in spaces with high, sustained exposure to radon in an indoor environment. Does radon trigger chemical reactions in museum objects such as faunal material? Will radon concentrate in certain materials more than others? Will radon increase the rate of deterioration? Does radon respond to artifical lighting in some manner?

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