Elevators or lifts are equipment that have great relevance in the Spanish homes. In the last fifty years, they have spread our story in both houses with various heights and in neighboring communities.
Lifts: a cultural question
Undoubtedly, the elevators are here to stay and are among the amenities you associate with a good standard of living. Spain, on the other hand, is a country noted for its buildings with various heights. Not surprisingly, we are coming, little by little, a crisis caused by the housing bubble, which accentuated the trend to build many buildings of this type
But we must note that this trend is long. Do not forget that the Civil War destroyed thousands of houses and then there was an extraordinary migration from rural areas to big cities.
During the Franco regime, they became fashionable social housing promotions, which used to consist of various heights. On the other hand, the leaders of the time tried to promote access to home ownership, leaving in the background the option of having the rental.
Pay attention to these figures. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 83.2% of Spanish households is under ownership. We will cite other European countries to verify that the percentages are much lower: Germany (41%) and Switzerland (38%). Ireland, a country that has also suffered the effects of particular real estate bubble, would stand at second place in the standings percentage of homeowners, with 81.4%.
And this preference of Spaniards for the property is also behind their interest in having a service elevator in homes, both exclusive and shared. It makes sense: if you have the home ownership and intend to reside there for years, it is logical that you offset the investment in an elevator installation.
Fortunately, Spain has a company like AstarLifts, backed by years of experience and reputation in the installation and maintenance of lifts. In the next paragraph, we will check with numbers, why Spain is a benchmark in the world of lifts.
Spain: leading lifts
Indeed, we will use the numbers to confirm that Spain is a country where the elevators are part of our architectural landscape. This milestone will attract attention: Spain is the country with more lifts per 1,000 inhabitants. Exactly 19.8 per 1,000 people. They are statistics that show us the bank Credit Suisse and Eurostat and which belong to the end of 2014.
We also have the possibility to compare the percentage of lifting per capita with other countries and areas that have also been included in the ranking. In this classification, are located behind Spain and Italy in that order (14.7), Korea (12), Western Europe (10.9), Hong Kong (10), France (8.2), Shanghai (7 5), Japan (6.2), Russia (3.6), Turkey and the United States (2.8), China (2.2), Brazil (1.6) and India (0.2).
This ranking speaks for itself. Spain is in a first position clear and also well ahead compared to other countries and areas. Indicates, moreover, a remarkable growth of buildings with heights, even though we are talking about a country with a vast expanse. Nothing more and nothing less than about 500,000 square kilometers.
On the other hand, the ranking of the population living in flats with height also catches our attention and reminds us of the historical journey we have undertaken in the first paragraph of text.
Spain rises again, with the top of the table. It is the country with the highest percentage of people living in high-rise housing, 65%. They are followed, in order, in this ranking Greece and Switzerland (59.7%), Germany (53.2%), Czech Republic (52.6%), Italy (51.1%), Euro Area and Poland (46 , 2%), Iceland (45.9%), Bulgaria (43.2%), Austria (42.5%), European Union (41.4%), Portugal (41.3%) and Sweden (40, 2 %).
As we said earlier, they are numbers that make it clear that Spain is a country made for elevators. Thus, it is normal that Spanish companies not only dedicated to install lifts in their country, but have begun to export to Asia, Latin America and various emerging countries.
The elevator as part of the construction project
The elevator companies already engaged not only the installation and repair of elevators. That was then. At present, these companies not only try to sell a particular product, but rather integrated into the specific needs of each building.
It is therefore a global conception of the elevator, which makes sense as part of the structure of a building. And it shows in the architectural, aesthetic, etc. Gradually, they are changing schedules old buildings that eventually ended up costing more money for modifications of the original works. Cases of installing an elevator or lift system modernization involving former high investment and solutions that sometimes were far from optimal.
In many cases, there was no choice, since it had to be reformed buildings that were built when the elevators were still a luxury. However, we have also seen failures of this kind in more modern works. And this is what we want to avoid the current schedules.
The times of the housing bubble has left many urban fiascos and great loss of money. Improvisation or profit motives were behind these failures. We hope that everyone involved in the construction world have learned from those mistakes. In this sense, we should not consider installing elevators as a minor or secondary in the construction of housing aspect.
Rather, it must be studied in detail. First, it is becoming usual the service by consulting firms elevation. It is a very useful technical advice, especially to achieve optimal business solutions, but can also access it any particular. In fact, the budgets can be adjusted to the needs of each client. This consulting service covers different phases: initiation, diagnosis, action plan, implementation and completion. Thus, thanks to the advice of the technicians, you can choose, saving time and money, the alternative that best suits your requirements.
In addition, the design has also entered strongly in the world of lifts. Far from it, it is a matter of little importance. Depending on the loads that can support the lift and drive systems, data enabling employees lift industry build an elevator to the dimensions and appropriate measures will be collected. Consumption and efficiency of results must conform to the requirements of this instrument. Besides, we must bear in mind that the elevator must comply scrupulously with applicable regulations.
Finally, aesthetics is also a part of the design that does not leave aside.
In short, we could say that Spain is the country elevator and that companies in this sector are to rise to the occasion.