TJ2 A comprehensive air-conditioning system from the 1850s

14:45 - 15:30

Air conditioning of buildings is not a 20th Century invention. Henrik Schoenefeldt reports on the systems employed in the Houses of Parliament in the 1840s. The most successful system of the period (designed by the same ‘engineer’) was in Liverpool and first came into use in 1851. This system was still in use in 1984, although by that time there was no cooling facility and it relied solely on stack ventilation.

  • What can we learn from the 19th Century building services pioneers?
  • An in-depth study of a public building from the 1850s reveals marked similarities with an award-winning exemplar from the 21st Century
  • Are we trying to reinvent the wheel?



  • Dr Neil Sturrock Chairman - CIBSE Heritage Group and former Senior Lecturer in Building Energy Studies, Liverpool John Moores University


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