Two new studies reveal that sound insulation and home insurance are areas where Spain could do a lot better.
More than 80% of Spanish homes do not have adequate sound insulation, according to Danosa, a company that peddles sustainable building solutions.
This despite that fact that, since 2009, building regulations require that all new homes are built to European standards of sound insulation, though it is also true that very few new homes have been started in Spain since those regulations came into force.
Before 2009, builders were under no legal obligation to install any sound insulation, which might explain why so many people complain about noise in Spain.
According to the World Health Organisation, the recommended background noise level for good health is 55 decibels during the day, and 45 at night, whilst Spaniards put up with levels of 65 or more, making it one of the noisiest developed countries on earth, second only to Japan.
8.4 MILLION HOMES WITH NO INSURANCE
Home owners in Spain aren’t big on insurance either, according to a new report by Direct Line Insurance (Línea Directa), who estimate that around 8.4 million homes in Spain have no home insurance, whilst another 10 million homeowners with insurance have no idea how much they are insured for. Of those who do have a home insurance policy, 3 million of them have no idea who they are insured with.
Of those with insurance, the average policy covers damage of €107,000, on an average real valuation of €142,000. Extremadura (49%), Madrid (44%) and Andalusia (40%) are the regions with the highest incidence of home insurance claims.