Almost 60% of buildings in Spain were built before 1979. In many instances, they are in need of repairs and adaptations to current European regulations when it comes to energy efficiency and the use of sustainable nonpolluting materials. Besides, many of them do not comply with accessibility and safety guidelines. Almost half of these buildings over four floors high even remain without a lift. This includes residential buildings, but also public buildings, urban areas, etc. Much work is left to be done yet.

Luckily, more and more landlords, companies and public administrators are being aware of the necessity to make renovations, thus adapting the demands of today’s society to old buildings.

There are many reasons why a certain space should be restored or refurbished, the main two of them being:

  • Safety and aesthetic reasons (dirt, shabby building materials, old-style image)
  • Functional reasons (bad accessibility, low efficiency, obsolete or worn down installations…)

However, building renovations entail another set of improvements which complement the mentioned above and, occasionally, pass unnoticed despite their value.

One of them is comfort improvement in housings, offices and public areas. It is undeniable that factors such as internal temperature, drafts or outside noise have much to do with feeling comfortable in a place or not. A hotel lobby accurate restoration, for instance, shall comprise the use of automatic doors, which will help diminishing temperature shifts or noise coming from the outside. And with no doubt, this is something that both clients and employees will appreciate.

A second central reason is economy. And the thing is that a restored building gets to reduce energy cost from day one. The use of energy efficient materials and equipment is a by-word for low power consumption. How much would a public building be able to save with an accurate air-conditioning system, or with sliding doors being opened and closed only when necessary? This shows in itself sufficient grounds for investment.

There is another factor no less important which concerns us all: the natural environment. Actions such as reducing our levels of consumption or carrying out sustainable restorations are small gestures which make us be less pollutant. As a matter of fact, this is starting to be more and more determinant facing public institutions. The European Union studies by now measures to promote building renovations and the reduction of energy consumption from now on and until 2030.

As we can see, carrying out building renovations is necessary not only due to aesthetic matters, but because it has also a much more important underlying meaning. We have dealt with the item in previous posts, but from Manusa, we will never get tired of saying it: the society of the 21st century is more and more concerned about matters such as sustainability and energy efficiency. Maybe, it is time to pay attention.