I’d suggest you to challenge different manufacturers to integrate a BMU in the structure of the building, or to find another way to park it out of sight when it’s not deployed. The appearance of a building should never be spoiled by the sight of facade access equipment on top of the roof.
I urge architects to invest in a facade access partner in an early phase of the design process. An expert should be able to provide a BMU that suits the needs of window cleaners as well as tenants.
I’ve seen buildings out there where every month the owners of multimillion-dollar penthouses have to open their doors for a window cleaner, who comes in to clean the windows of the downstairs neighbor with a bucket of water. It’s a strange world indeed!
Fortunately, I’m seeing a clear trend towards well-designed BMUs. But I’m also seeing that there’s still a lack of knowledge. I therefore feel that educating architects and developers about the possibilities is part of our job at XSPlatforms.
We’d love to show what we can do to contribute to the durability of a building in the long term, without having a negative visual impact.