Sustainable window cleaning for RIVM and CBG using robots

The exterior of the building (facade and glass roof) are cleaned autonomously by the KITE Robots. The footprint of the cleaning robots on the roof is low, which contributes to achieving BREEAM classifications. BREEAM sets requirements for management, health and comfort, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, and pollution.

The KITE Robot was designed for window and facade cleaning at high altitudes. The computerized system automatically cleans without human interference. The robot creates safer conditions and cleaner buildings. The rotary brush effortlessly cleans the windows and facades of the RIVM.

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The robot cleans the glass canopy above the stairs to the new tramline at Utrecht Central Station. This railway station is the largest in the Netherlands, with more than 170,000 passengers and 900 trains passing through every day.

In the early stages of development the city of Utrecht has thought about smart maintenance. With the KITE Robotics system cleaning is efficient and safe, with no impact to the direct environment and the passengers, allowing travelers to comfortably continue their journey.

“Sustainability, efficiency and safety are important to consider when making a suitable decision for the system.”

Alexander Schütte, City of Utrecht: "The difficult accessibility of the canopy and the cost-savings that the KITE robot has to offer in the exploitation phase were decisive in our choice.

The brush is supplied with demineralized water via a connection point at the top of the building. (Demineralized water is tap water filtered in a special way, the cleaning effect of which has been proven indisputably.)

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“High-quality sustainable technology in line with the Camelot Real Estate vision for micro-living/studenthousing”

Camelot Campus 053 consists of a residential block with 441 student studios including lounge-and waitingroom, sport- /game area and cinema. The KITE Robotics technology is used to clean the windows that are difficult to reach. The robot has no cameras and therefore does not look inside, allowing guests to enjoy a stay with increased privacy and a permanent clear view.

“High-quality sustainable technology in line with the Camelot Real Estate vision for micro-living/studenthousing” – Gert Jan van de Sande, Project Leader/Contract Supervisor Transformation and Construction Management, Camelot Real Estate.

“KITE delivers a fast cleaning process at lower costs but at a high quality level”

We used to experience window cleaning of our buildings as long-lasting process. With use of the KITE Robot the process is much faster while maintaining good quality. Next to that, we think its environmental friendly and sustainable character is important. In first instance it seems like an investment, but we already earned it back.

Also, it is extremely safe and you don’t need complicated construction on the roof anymore. The robot only uses four anchor points on the roof, which leaves space available for e.g. solar paneling. In the near future we will definitely use the robot on some of our other buildings.

Park Phi, ‘Kantoor Noord’ situated at the Zuiderval in Enschede

Schröder Vastgoed has realized Park Phi, which consists of three new progressive office buildings. There was a focus on sustainability and the customer experience.

Park Phi was one of the first buildings in the Netherlands to obtain a BREEAM label, a sustainability label for real estate. The KITE Robotics system is used due to its efficiency and sustainability.

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“Lomanlaan Utrecht”

Syntrus Achmea and Rebo use Kite Robotics' window cleaning robot to clean 2 residential towers with 119 apartments in Utrecht. Where this was previously done by hand, this is now cleaned in a sustainable and safe manner with the window cleaning robot. The window cleaning robot only needs a few fixtures on the roof and can be perfectly integrated into existing buildings, leaving maximum space on the roof for solar panels.

With the window cleaning robot, the cleaning frequency is increased. The risk of working at height (cleaning by hand) has been eliminated. In addition, no one peeks inside, so tenants experience a higher level of privacy and more comfort.

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