Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Furthers Preservation Mission Through Sustainability Measures

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Museums and libraries are among the few types of buildings that need to maintain such consistent humidity.

For example, though concrete floors may seem like flooring most appropriate for a warehouse, the concrete flooring fits well with the museum after being polished and simply requires mopping to keep it clean. Hot water tubing in the concrete floors radiates and maintains heat, making the floors more comfortable and providing highly efficient heating, said Tony Scheurich, the Museum’s building operations manager. Concrete block walls in many rooms save money that could have been spent on interior finishes such as drywall systems and paint.

“The easier it is to take care of something, the more sustainable it is,” Scheurich said.