(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Museums will be installing a new landmark heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system for the Sistine Chapel, specially designed to address the challenges of protecting Michelangelo’s masterpieces against deterioration.
The Governate of the Vatican City State and Carrier on Wednesday said the new system is expected to be installed and commissioned by the third quarter of 2014
The new system, which replaces a Carrier system installed in the early 1990s, is designed to have twice the efficiency and three times the capacity of the previous system. The custom -engineered solution uses first-of-its kind, energy-saving technologies, as well as methods to minimize noise and limit air motion around the frescoes. In addition, the Governate of the Vatican City State and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) have entered into an agreement to ensure the protection and safety of the Vatican Museums’ artwork, spaces and visitors through the deployment of building technologies from UTC companies. According to the terms of the agreement, the parties will work together on integrated solutions spanning Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; elevators and escalators; fire detection and alarm, as well as fire suppression and safety; and electronic security, access control, video surveillance services and related software solutions.
Antonio Paolucci, Director of the Vatican Museums stated: “We are confident that Carrier’s HVAC system will enable us to realize our goal of ensuring the preservation of Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel while allowing visitors to continue to behold the frescoes for years to come.”
Rev. Rafael García de la Serrana Villalobos, Director of the Vatican Technical Services said: “The Carrier solution is the right response to our urgent need to establish a highly controlled microclimate as well as an effective reduction of pollutants. Our fruitful collaboration with Carrier has brought us to request a larger technical agreement with UTC and its other building solution brands.”