The renovation of existing buildings is currently one of the hot topics in the construction industry. And no wonder, as the industry is responsible for around 40 percent of all CO2 emissions emitted worldwide. EU is constantly making effort to at least double the renovation rate within the European member states over the next ten years – all in the interests of climate protection. Before any new building is built, it should be checked whether an existing building can be renovated energy-efficiently to make it climate neutral.
At the heart of many building renovations are old balconies that are no longer up to date - often made of concrete. Factors such as surface degradation, general structural quality and the sealing method determine the service life of the balconies. Depending on the condition of the existing balconies, a decision should first be made as to whether the entire balcony needs to be removed and new reinforcement and concrete slabs laid, or whether just part of the concrete is sufficient to replace. Many times, in context of façade renovation it is evaluated if the balcony towers should be enlarged or expanded to give more room for the residents.
Glazed balconies offer higher energy efficiency than unglazed balconies
To make the balcony renovation as sustainable and future oriented as possible, experts recommend integrating high-quality balcony glazing. Glazed balconies offer higher energy efficiency than unglazed balconies - and thus upgrade existing buildings in terms of sustainability and climate protection. Ideally, this is done as part of a holistic energy-related refurbishment concept. On the other hand, balcony glazing reliably protects the building substance from weather and environmental influences and therefore demonstrably extends the renovation intervals. This is an important sustainability aspect. Valuable resources are again required for the renovation of buildings. Therefore, it is important that both property owners and housing associations set the right course during project planning and keep an eye on the entire lifecycle of the building.
Balcony glazing provides an additional layer of insulation to the building, reducing heat loss and improving the building's energy efficiency. Balcony glazing also helps to reduce noise pollution, making it an environmentally friendly choice for busy cities. Balcony glazing can be integrated with a glass railing. When combined with balcony glazing, balustrades help to reduce heat loss and improve the building's energy efficiency, creating a more comfortable and sustainable living space.
Renovating an apartment building with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable design can create a more environmentally friendly living space for residents. By incorporating integrated balcony glazing and railing system into the renovation plans, building owners can enjoy the benefits of lower energy bills, improved comfort, and a reduced carbon footprint. So, if you're looking for ways to create a more sustainable living space in your apartment building, consider the addition of integrated balcony glazing and railing system.