The age of a building is a valuable parameter for construction, insurance and energy companies. This information can be found in the Land Registry or from the municipality, but in Belgium and Luxembourg, this data is not public. This is about to change with Building Age: a new data module within Belmap that gives you the age of all the buildings in the Benelux.
Valuable parameter for numerous applications
The age of a building is invaluable to numerous users:
- Banking and insurance: for the valuation of a property or assessment of fire or storm-related risks.
- Risk coverage: the use of asbestos has been banned in Belgium since 2001. Based on age, you can now find out whether a building pre-dates or post-dates that period.
- Renewable energy: to more accurately estimate the energy efficiency of a home or building.
- Construction: for prospecting a construction or renovation project.
- Utilities and telecommunications: map out urban expansions in more detail for smooth planning, design, roll-out and maintenance.
Coherent picture for the entire Benelux
Whereas you used to have to consult the Land Registry or the municipality to find out the age of a building, that information is now easily accessible via Belmap. GIM's data scientists divided all Belgian and Luxembourg buildings into five age classes, with the oldest going back to the 1960s. In addition, they also integrated the open data from the Netherlands according to the same age intervals. As a result, Belmap users can now get a coherent overview of the age of all the buildings in the Benelux.
Building age in Belgium at a glance
Curious about how old the buildings in Belgium are on average? The map below gives you a decent overview and an idea of the insights from Building Age in advance.
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