NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art will take part in the Helen Frankenthaler Climate Initiative.
Some of the museum’s most recent changes include upgrading gallery lighting systems to energy-efficient LED systems, resulting in decreased energy bills and labor costs of replacing bulbs. In January 2020, the four boilers (from 2006) were replaced with efficient Viesmann units and the chiller with a Smardt energy-efficient unit. These capital upgrades have resulted in both energy and cost savings.
“The NBMAA recognizes the value and payback of energy conservation and all of our focus and work in the past years as we think about any building changes have been around efficiencies and energy savings,” said Dona V. Cassella, interim director and chair of the Board of Trustees. “Recently, we replaced our HVAC systems and overhauled LED lighting. Funding from this particular initiative will support a much-needed study to determine the best route forward in replacing our humidification systems, a necessity in creating and maintaining a safe environment for our extraordinary collection.”