13.01.2022 | Facade

How To Achieve the Optimal Invitation to Tender for Facade Protection

Our experts share their best tips. The earlier the technical advice and planning for facade protection takes place, the better you’ll have your costs under control and the more successful you’ll be in the tendering process. Discover our 3 professional tips for this.

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Specialist series: Fall protection for facades


7 tips on installing concealed fall protection systems on façades, with or without rope access technology

Safety systems should not spoil the aesthetics of the façade. Nevertheless, they are important for maintenance & cleaning. The imposing glass structure was in the spotlight when it was time for cleaning the windows, because nobody had thought about the fall protection system required for this on the building’s unusual façade. So that you avoid being confronted with exactly this challenge, we have put together 7 tips for concealed fall protection and rope access technology.


Correct planning and implementation of rope access technology on facades

Fall protection with rope access technology is an ideal solution for facades if they are also planned in good time. Architects increasingly decide to install rope access technology. The best way to integrate the rope access technology seamlessly into the building structures is to factor it in at the planning stage. The challenges arising during planning and implementation and the mistakes to avoid are summarised below.


Holistic rescue concept for facades

After a fall every minute counts. Of course, the goal must be to avoid accidents through even better planning, equipment and training. If accidents do happen, rescue measures must be professionally prepared in order to keep the consequences as low as possible. One missing link to the rescue chain can lead to serious injuries and death. In this article you will learn how rescue concepts are prepared in connection with facade work and how rescue measures are to be carried out in an emergency.


What is rope access technology and what are its benefits for facades?

Safety & beauty on facades - no problem with rope access technology. Because of very differing facade types, a safety system is required with which the user can reach otherwise inaccessible locations for cleaning and servicing tasks. This is particularly where the illusion of safety occurs more quickly than most people would like. Thanks to its great flexibility and high safety standards, one process which currently enjoys favour is rope access technology. In this article, we explain to you the concept and its benefits.


5 modern facade types on which rope access technology is possible

Facades differ greatly. Every facade is unique and has its own special requirements in terms of safety, because each building shell must be cared for, serviced and, where necessary, repaired. In order to avoid the illusion of safety, a sustainable safety concept is therefore absolutely essential. In this blog, we would like to introduce to you 5 facade types where we have already gained experience in the past and were able to apply fall protection using rope access technology.


A day’s work in rope access technology for facades

Safety is created above all through the correct workflow. Since 2019 rope access technology has been officially registered in TRBS 2121 as authorised working equipment. It is a rope-supported access process for installation, cleaning, and service tasks on facades. A debriefing and analysis takes place afterwards. In our blog, we’d like to show you this chronology for the individual steps of rope access technology, and to explain each of them briefly.


Rope access technology on facades - all information at a glance

Definition, benefits, system, processes, legal foundations & more. Buildings are becoming higher, more modern, more complex, more spacious... The safety technology for working at height on these buildings must be correspondingly well-developed and flexible. This is why agile and dynamic rope access technology is being used with increasing frequency. It provides optimum fusing of aesthetics and safety on facades, and simultaneously provides the users with maximum flexibility when performing facade tasks such as cleaning, servicing, or repairs.


All-round protection on facades with the (S)TOP application principle

Industrial safety on facades is essential. Dangerous behaviour in the workplace must be avoided under all circumstances. In our example, the solution would be suitable fall protection for cleaning the ceiling-high window. Ideally, risks are already eliminated in advance,e.g. by means of correct workflows. We now consider, in terms of facade safety systems, what the acronym (S)TOP represents and what lies behind it.


7 steps of risk assessment of facades

Tasks on facades harbour risks which have to be minimised. Safety concepts for risks of falling from facades, on roofs, and also in industry have been our special field since 2001. Facade safety is an especially exciting area, because there are an incredible number of different facade types, each with its very own requirements.


How To Achieve the Optimal Invitation to Tender for Facade Protection

Our experts share their best tips. The earlier the technical advice and planning for facade protection takes place, the better you’ll have your costs under control and the more successful you’ll be in the tendering process. Discover our 3 professional tips for this.


Fall Protection for Facades: How Much Does it Cost?

All cost items at a glance. Roland K. opens the envelope and pulls out a multi-page stack of paper, and his heart almost stops. The offer for securing the facade of his current construction project is much higher than he’d previously calculated in the tender. Our architect Roland K. here could have avoided this sinking feeling that comes with discovering unanticipated costs. Because with good and early planning, cost-effective solutions for fall protection on your facade can be found. Read on and find out what the costs are made up of, and how you can plan and implement facade security in a way that will save you money.


Whoops, facade safety forgotten – what can be done?

Necessary steps & expert tips that work. Inclusion of an experienced expert for facade safety early in the project pays for itself in the end, through appropriate know-how and attractive cost benefit advantages. And even if the fall protection system has been forgotten, a partner like this usually has a final ace up his sleeve.


Fall protection on facades: 2 best practice examples

Stylishly matched to the project’s architecture. For every fall protection system, the focus is on saving lives. A holistic, sustainable safety concept for the facade safety system is the best possible gain for construction projects. At the same time, the safety system should integrate into the overall concept of the building, and complement the architecture. Discover two best practice examples for façade protection below.


High-level view of fall protection on facades

Fall protection on facades needs to be stylish and safe. Every year, hundreds of people suffer accidents on roofs, facades, and other workplaces at height. The shockingly high number of such accidents could be reduced if suitable fall protection systems were in use. However, at the same time the facade safety system should not detract from the beauty of the building, because every structure has its own aesthetic value.

Fall protection for Lobster’s facade

Even very modern facades also need fall protection

Time to travel new paths. That’s the motto of Lobster Data GmbH in Tutzing (Bavaria). But it’s not just as a software provider that Lobster puts its faith in developing and selling highly innovative solutions. Recently the company management decided to travel new paths in terms of safety too.

Med Campus Linz - safe facades with TAURUS

Safety at dizzying heights: TAURUS from INNOTECH as fall protection for the MED CAMPUS Linz

The building’s modern, aesthetic facade, designed by the LORENZATELIERS architectural practice, obviously has to be cleaned and maintained regularly. So that these cleaning and maintenance tasks on the external components of the facade, plus the window and glass elements, were made as safe as possible, those responsible decided on a TAURUS professional fall protection system.

TAURUS for façade protection at Axel Springer

TAURUS rail system, the perfect fall protection system for all types of modern facades

Regardless of the facade type, the topic of safety is always of decisive importance. Especially for intelligent facades which adapt to different weather conditions and to the actual position of the sun, regular servicing and cleaning is always necessary. Find out in this post how TAURUS is the optimum solution as fall protection for facades.

f a coherent security concept is missing, the need for spending time and effort on revisions increases, as does the risk of sham security.

Selina Bauchinger

Tenders are as ubiquitous a part of larger construction projects as the proverbial “amen” in church. But one area that’s a consistent weak spot - and often ends up as a hastily scribbled down single sentence - is the description of facade security. Details and specifications for the planned safety system are almost completely missing, which can end up causing unnecessarily high costs down the line. Architects and planners who don’t deal with the right fall protection in advance run the risk of planning outmoded solutions that can’t be implemented later, are much more expensive, or are aesthetically unattractive. If a coherent security concept is missing, the need for spending time and effort on revisions increases, as does the risk of sham security. We’ve summarized the following 3 professional tips and useful background information so that you can quickly and easily find the optimal tender for your facade protection.


The Tendering Process for Building Projects 

The invitation to tender (ITT) process, especially from public clients and larger construction projects, follows a structured sequence of several phases:

  • Determination of the Contract: in this phase the service description is drawn up


  • Invitation to Tender Phase: Here’s where the ITT is submitted


  • Offer Phase: here’s where the opening of the offers begin


  • Offer Review Phase: this concludes with the offer evaluation 


  • Award Proposal

At INNOTECH Arbeitsschutz, our customer advisors and technical experts are usually contacted at the beginning of the process for the service description, because the earlier the planning of the facade protection, the better the costs and expenditure can be assessed, and the better the result will be. 


Description of Services for Facade Protection 

For the optimal ITT for your facade protection, the following points should be clarified and described in as much detail as possible:

  • Area of Application: What is the specific danger zone where fall protection is required?


  • Function: Which activities are carried out there and which functions does the safety system have to fulfill?


  • Facade construction What does my facade look like? What material surface is behind it and what options are there for fastenings?


  • System Description: What’s the planned system -  e.g. classic fall protection or a system for rope access technology? What are the benefits of the system and why is it the optimal solution for comprehensive all-round protection?


  • Fastening and Material Specifications: Which anchoring material and which products are best suited for the planned system? 


  • Investment & Assembly Costs: How are the individual costs made up? Is it a cost calculation based on effort or - as in most cases - a complete solution with a package price?


As you may have already guessed, the optimal ITT for facade protection should be a little longer than just one sentence. Depending on the complexity of the construction project and the corresponding security system, your description of services should be anywhere from 1 to 20 pages long.

Guide for safe facades

3 Pro Tips for the Optimal Invitation to Tender for Your Facade Protection

Ultimately, it shouldn't get too complicated - tenders for construction projects are complex and time-consuming enough already. We’ve got 3 professional tips to help you get it all ready both quickly and professionally:

  • Get a Clear Picture of the Client’s Wants and Requirements
    The better you understand what the client has in mind, the better you can address it in the tender. Find out more, ask questions and communicate your questions or concerns openly and honestly. The involvement of other partners is basically the most difficult part, since the chain of communication runs from end userto planner to the partner in a flowing process. Nevertheless, in the end, profit will be the final determining factor.


  • Plan the Facade Security with Plenty of Time and Bring an Experienced Partner on Board
    The safety system is anl area where you can save noticeable costs and resources, e.g. for assembly work. Custom-made products, in which safety and aesthetics merge, can be planned cost-effectively in the early planning stages. An experienced partner for fall protection will accompany you through the individual tendering phases and protect you from unnecessary mistakes.


  • Get to Know and Use Service Specifications, and Supplement Them with Relevant Additional Information
    Break down the service description into meaningful function blocks and descriptions and add relevant additional information, e.g. special bends or anodizing processes which create an invisible fall protection on the building facade.


Conclusion: The Optimal Invitation to Tender for Your Facade Protection

We’ll say it once again: the earlier the technical advice and planning for facade protection takes place, the better you’ll have your costs under control and the more successful you’ll be in the tendering process. Planning with foresight is essential: especially with complex systems and special solutions it should protect everyone involved from unpleasant cost traps. Naturally, a small system, such as a 5-meter system for a small glass front, is easier to calculate than complex examples with unpredictable components. At the same time, smaller projects have proportionally higher assembly and production costs. The most effective way to convince your client is to bring on an experienced partner who can help with planning a realistic cost estimate, and help you come up with solutions that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. 

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Guide for safe facades