Why do we need to preserve historic buildings?

Why do we need to preserve historic buildings? In short, because doing so is important to us
economically, environmentally and culturally.

It’s not simply about having “pretty things” – although, that too is a key ingredient, and not
just in the obvious way.

 

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Preserving historic buildings is more about how we see ourselves, and experience our past.
It’s about protecting our environment from unnecessary waste and destruction. It even saves
(and actually makes) money.

And beautiful buildings are important. They are not just cultural identifiers, or historical
markers; they dramatically change our perception of our environment, how we experience
space – and beautiful buildings even have a measurable impact on how we feel.

Our nation’s historic buildings are undoubtedly beautiful. Well, most of them – there are
some real monstrosities of concrete and cladding out there. But, we suppose beauty is in the
eye of the beholder!
Even if you’re not keen on the look of some listed and historic buildings, preserving them
(yes, even the ugly ones!) is still vital. Here’s why…

Maintaining historic properties makes economic sense

Well maintained buildings retain their value, and keep working for longer. That means less
cost to the owner in the long run – and less risk for any investors, insurers or mortgage
providers. Plus, maintaining the aesthetic charm of our churches, town halls and other
heritage buildings attracts tourism, which keeps the love of history alive, and our villages
bustling with welcome economic activity.

On the other end of the usage scale, a business run from a solid, well kept heritage building
has the ability to attract more clients and talent, simply by standing out from the crowd. A
crumbling, decrepit building wouldn’t have quite the same effect – and would have a
business standing out for all the wrong reasons.

Environmental benefits of historic buildings

Preserving historic buildings is better for the environment. Even though advances in
demolition and recycling have given us amazing benefits, the fact remains that demolition is

dirty, and produces huge amounts of waste that cannot be salvaged. Transporting the waste
creates carbon emissions, too.

Not only that, but every new building is a huge consumer of natural resources, with modern
materials that don’t belong in nature. These are destructive to quarry from the Earth and to
produce, and are harder to dispose of once they’ve reached end of life.

A properly maintained, draught-free older building – made of stone, wood, or other ancient
materials – is also naturally better at insulation, and requires less energy to cool or heat.
Preserving historic buildings keeps us from impacting the environment too heavily.

Connection to history through historic homes

Sometimes, preservation is a legal requirement if buildings are listed – and we think that’s a
good thing. Having worked on restoration and preservation as conservation roofing
contractors, we recognise the importance of the buildings we all share.

Learning where we came from is massively important, even when the history is unpleasant.
Recognising our triumphs and tragedies is what allows us to progress – and many of our
historic buildings tell our story in ways we just can’t experience from TV, books, or
photographs.

Having a physical connection to history is proof that our ancestors existed. It helps us learn
about the best parts of our society – and learn from our worst mistakes.

We must preserve that shared cultural consciousness, and never allow that history to be
erased.

It’s more important than you’d think.

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