The Importance of Preserving Old Buildings for the Future

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Advanced construction technology and increasingly adequate human resources are factors for the massive development today. Meanwhile, the need for premises and property makes many people choose to build new construction because it is considered more modern and not outdated. However, some may need to learn how it will impact the future when new construction is constantly being carried out.

The Importance of Preserving Old Buildings for the FutureLago Algo by Naso (Photo by Maureen M. Evans)

Based on data from the World Green Building Council, it is known that new construction contributes at least 33% of carbon dioxide emissions, consumes 17% of clean water, 25% of wood products, 30-40% of the use of raw materials, and 40-50% of energy use for its construction and operation. These carbon dioxide emissions become the worst impact when contractors, architects, and designers decide to build new constructions to create more modern buildings instead of maximizing the functionality of the building itself.

Thus, with calculations based on the above data, building planners are advised to rehabilitate or restore old buildings rather than build new sites. In addition, the revitalization of an old building is also an effort to extend the life of the building so that the historical value contained is not forgotten.

The Importance of Preserving Old Buildings for the FutureLago Algo by Naso (Photo by Maureen M. Evans)

As did the architect Nuno Ferreira Capa at the Ancestral Church of Fraião. Nuno Ferreira Capa restored the church in Braga, Portugal to restore the original character of a 20th-century building featuring original natural stone walls.

In restoring the Ancestral Church of Fraião, Nuno Ferreira Capa took two main steps. First, Capa removed the mortar layer to reveal the original stone construction. Next, it coats the bell tower with a steel leather patina to display a rusty coating that can show the actual age of the building. Thus, this old church can keep up with the times but still embody its true face. The restoration of the old church proves that the construction process based on "uncovering its past tense" will be unique in itself and continue the spirit of preserving old buildings rich in historical value.

Thus, with calculations based on the above data, building planners are advised to rehabilitate or restore old buildings rather than build new sites. In addition, the revitalization of an old building is also an effort to extend the life of the building so that the historical value contained is not forgotten.Ancestral Church of Fraião by Nuno Ferreira Capa (Photo by Attilio Fiumarella)

The Importance of Preserving Old Buildings for the FutureAncestral Church of Fraião by Nuno Ferreira Capa (Photo by Attilio Fiumarella)

Restoring an old building can not only reduce the carbon footprint generated by the construction industry when constructing a new site, but it can also preserve the history, original identity, and culture contained in the building. Furthermore, the material's quality and the building's shape have been guaranteed, and renovating old buildings is also considered more efficient and sustainable.

The Importance of Preserving Old Buildings for the FutureAncestral Church of Fraião by Nuno Ferreira Capa (Photo by Attilio Fiumarella)

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