Historic preservation means keeping a piece of history alive and many people are all for it. We love to look at the old architecture and feel connected to our country’s history. We want to be able to share memories and teach the next generation about their roots. As strains on space become more of an issue, building reuse will only become more popular. Many buildings and homes throughout the country have been carefully tended for years to keep their original splendor and charm while others need new life breathed into them. Either way, keeping historic buildings and homes in tip-top shape increases their value. How does technology play a role?<!--read_more-->
There are a few benefits these historic sites reap from times changing. Energy Efficient From thin, one pane glass to little or no insulation, historic charmers aren’t always an energy dream. Luckily, and thanks to modern amenities, this can be remedied. There are several changes that can be made to a building, without changing the aesthetics much, that will make it more energy efficient. Good ventilation and more durable materials play a big role in creating efficiency where there once was none. Modern technology makes this possible through higher quality materials and through coordinated efforts made possible by construction planning applications. Less Intrusive Fix The wiring may have been old, destroyed, or use PCBs. Maybe the plumbing needs fixed. In the past, this might have meant opening up the walls or floors to get at these problems. However, now older buildings and homes can be worked on without destroying those original stucco textured walls or the intricate parquet flooring. Thanks to technology, there are ways to see behind walls and fix issues without opening everything up. Detecting Hazards Hazards in many forms can be found in older buildings and homes. This can be structural or connected to the materials used. Luckily, we have new materials that can replace any hazardous ones and ways to detect these problems without putting anyone in harm’s way. Asbestos was used in many buildings for a number of years. Today, there are ways to detect this harmful product and replace it without putting any one in danger. There is also a possibility that other hazards, such as fire hazards or lead based paint, which itself can be a fire hazard, exist in older structures. For these types of hazards, cameras on flexible snakes and testing allow renovators to make the structure safer.