Frequently Asked Questions:
The BatBox Storage System has been installed in various prestigious commercial and residential properties country wide, and is the perfect solution for high-density living areas, especially in communal parking garages.
Q : What visual impact will the BatBox have? Is it AESTHETICALLY pleasing?
A : The BatBox has been designed with the aesthetic sensibilities of the end-user in mind, hence the material chosen is a combination of attractive white polyester-coated steel and galvanized steel parts. The visual impact is of a 'white goods' (appliance) nature, in stead of an industrial look. It is attractive, blends into the background, is easy to keep clean and tidy, and certainly looks better than having loose goods stored in the parking area in front of vehicles parked there.
Q : These are large storage units. How will the SIZE of the BatBox influence the use of the parking bay for its intended purpose (vehicle storage)?
A : The BatBox comes in various sizes; the installation size is a function of both the available space and the client requirements. The intention is, after all, to maximize the available storage space. The largest size that we manufacture ('Jumbo') at 1,7m deep is a very large industrial unit, and unless specifically requested by the client, is not recommended for high-density parking areas. For the latter we recommend the 1.1m deep 'Standard' size, which is designed specifically for parking garages. All units are 2,3m wide (parking bays are minimum 2,5m wide) and 1,1m high. The actual installation height is adjustable according to the requirements of the client.
Q : What is the maximum LOAD that I can store in my BatBox?
A : The individual BatBox sizes have anchor points at varying distances, which affects the weight carrying capacity, as specified in the engineering designs. Thus the largest - 'Jumbo' - unit has anchor points far enough apart in order to carry 1000kg of weight with ease, whilst the narrower anchor points of the 'Standard' model restricts it's weight-carrying capacity to 500kg per unit (more than ample for residential use!). The maximum load is clearly indicated on the inside of the door of each unit. The engineering designs of the unit are available.
Q : Can the concrete ' SLAB ' carry the weight of multiple BatBox units?
A : Oh yes! The concrete ceiling/floors in residential buildings (houses, etc) have a standard rating of 1,5 kN/m 2 , commercial and high-rise buildings (including parking garages) have a rating of 2,0 kN/m 2 , whilst industrial capacity is higher than 4 kN/m 2 . The anchor-point spacing in the engineering designs takes into account these safety factors, satisfying building specs in the UK , Europe and South Africa . The carrying capacity of the slab is thus not an issue. Once again, the engineering design reports and specs are available.
Q : What about DRILLING into the concrete - won't it damage the roof structure?
A : No. The majority (by far) of installations we do takes place in buildings where re-bar or post-tension cables are present in the slab. We make use of very sophisticated concrete scanning technology before any drilling takes place, and adjust our drill-points according to the position of any cables, re-bar, electric or non-ferrous metal presence in the concrete. Furthermore, please note the Hilti anchoring methods we utilize demands that only four holes of 15mm diameter and only 54mm depth are drilled, rendering the impact on the slab to be minimal.
Q : What will be the impact on VENTILATION in the parking area?
A : Please refer to 'Density' above for consideration on the impact of units on natural ventilation - simply a lower the number of units. Even so, these units should still allow more than sufficient airflow where positioned in naturally ventilated garages. Furthermore, each unit is well ventilated, with standard ventilation openings on the topsides of the BatBox.
Q : What is the maximum INSTALLATION DENSITY , in other words, how many tenants in our building would be able to have the BatBox installed?
A : This would depend on the layout of the parking areas, but we usually recommend a maximum installation ratio of only 70% in communal parking garages.