CONSERVING HERITAGE BUILDING = ECONOMIC BENEFITS
The conservation of heritage buildings affects employment positively by being more labour intensive than new construction. A study by the Government of Ontario indicated that restoration was 66% more labour intensive than construction. (Source: Government of Manitoba, Canada)
Other benefits include:
- Creates less waste than new construction
- Consumes less energy than new construction
- Increases tourism
THE CONSERVATION HEATING CHALLANGE
A large part of our cultural heritage is preserved in museums, galleries, and historic buildings. Castles, churches and mansions are safe-keeping or exhibiting places for historic artefacts, but unlike modern buildings they are not provided with a high degree of insulation and complicated indoor climate control equipment. The challenge is to find heating solutions that provide a comfortable temperature for visitors and inhabitants while conserving buildings and artefacts without being obtrusive to the historical architecture.
COMFORT VERSUS CONSERVATION
Most historic buildings were never designed to meet today’s demands in terms of thermal comfort. Responding to these demands may seriously damage such buildings if heating solutions are chosen that do not also carefully consider conservation requirements and the original structure of the building.
A heating system for a historic building should be based on:
- Avoiding cold draughts
- Avoiding condensation
- Keeping energy consumption down
- Integration into the architectural context
THE HERITAGE ARCHITECTUAL CHALLANGE
The key priorities in conservation projects for historic buildings are to preserve their character and visual expression. Ever so often, new technologies are brought to the market, but as the long-term effects are not known and due to their sensitive indoor environment, historic buildings are not the right places to experiment. Radiator heat is a proven technology with many advantages. Radiators today come in many shapes, sizes and colours, and it is possible to offer an adaptability in the design and function that accommodates both strict visual and indoor climate requirements. Hudevad Radiator Design has made it a priority to push the limits and play with boundaries to create the optimal solution for any environment.
Below you will find a selection of our radiator that are well suited for use in historic and heritage buildings.