In addition to renewable, recurring electricity provided by the sun, solar photovoltaic (“PV”) arrays offer sheltered and shading parking spaces (able to be priced at a premium!), advertising space, and Green Garage Certification points. If this sounds compelling, the good news is …
The first seven parking facilities in the U.S. to achieve Green Garage Certification were announced on July 1, 2015. Sites include corporate, university, airport, and hotel facilities throughout the United States
As a Green Garage Assessor managing the certification for Stanford University’s Roble Field Parking Structure, I was pleased to discover that the Bronze or Silver Level Certification is attainable without adding additional costs to the project. While most other states are still catching up with this level of sustainability required in the code, the Green Garage Certification process is consistent with sustainable parking best practices.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) explains how shared parking can reduce parking requirements by 20-40%, unlock the potential for higher development densities around transit, and act as a control mechanism against urban sprawl, creating positive economic, social and environmental benefits.
Parking lots today are content to have the sun bake their asphalt, and to drain polluted water into the local stream or bay. And customers are happy for the parking, oblivious of the waste of solar energy and sun-distilled water coming down as rain. To them parking is an ugly but useful Cinderella.
When California’s Governor vows to (1) increase electricity derived from renewable sources from one-third to 50 percent, (2) reduce vehicles’ petroleum use by up to 50 percent, and (3) double the efficiency of existing buildings while making heating fuels cleaner, it’s a big deal.
In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development of sustainable communities, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED® green building rating system, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Parking Institute (IPI) and the Green Parking Council (GPC).
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We open the door for out-of-the-box solutions by seeing all the opportunities inherent in a parking facility.