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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
    Dec 2001
    West Valley, AZ

    Rooftop mechanical equipment screening

    Our code requires all mechanical, HVAC, electrical, etc to be screened. How? It doesn't say. Therefore, anything is game. A disgusting practice here has been to screen mechanicals on rooftops with fencing.. stockade, shadowbox, and even slatted chain link. Technically, it meets code and the intent. Practically, it looks like ****.

    I know that raising parapets is a good way to screen the rooftop equipment and avoid the fence issue. Are there any other solutions I can encourage?
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    One possibility is to require that it "...not be visible from the property line" (or some distance). You might also sepcify that the screening material be integral/similar character to the architecture/building materials or specify parapet walls, etc.
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    Cyburbian brian_w's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Kenosha, WI
    We require mechanicals to be screened as viewed from all property lines, but like you, we don't have any standards beyond that. We've been fortunate that no one has tried to cheap it out by putting up a wood or vinyl fence (yet). I wish we could put further standards in our ordinance.

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    Cyburbian boilerplater's avatar
    Dec 2003
    Heaven or Las Vegas
    Require green roofs! I hate when they use fencing. It does look like s***. Green roofs have insulating value and make the whole roof look better from above. Fencing doesn't do squat if there are taller buildings or bldgs at higher elevations around.

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    Jun 2004
    We require that rooftop mechanical units be "screened from public view" however, every single exterior change on any commercial structure is required to go through site plan review, therefore, we leave it up to the PZ Commission to determine what sort of screning method/material is used...we don't see fences anymore unless it is an existing structure, sometimes thats all you can do with an existing building (or something that is complimentary to the structure....all new construction is required to be screened by a parapet.

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