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Green Certification for Parking Garages

July 22, 2014 | 0 comments

With the introduction of a green certification program for parking garages, these types of structures can now earn recognition for sustainable practices just like any school, hospital, office facility, hotel, or government building.

The Green Parking Council’s Green Garage Certification program launched in June 2014, and is the first program to salute environmentally friendly design, construction, and operation of parking structures. It fills the gap that existed with LEED certification due to its lack of recognition for green parking garages. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification program, Green Garage Certification offers three categories of opportunities to achieve sustainability in parking garages:

  1. Management – using garage operations to maximize assets while minimizing waste
  2. Programs – new revenue sources, greater customer satisfaction, and stronger community relations
  3. Technology and structure design – physical attributes of a garage that can be used to increase energy efficiency, lower waste, and support customer mobility choice

Points are assigned to elements within these categories; once the points in each category are tallied, eligible structures are then recognized with either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze certification. The certification is renewable every three years.

The Green Parking Council offers facilities managers a list of 30 green garage characteristics that typically lead to Green Garage Certification, including:

  • Recycle bins for drivers to use
  • Energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures
  • Lighting controls (timers, photo-sensors, occupancy sensors)
  • Green roofs, blue roofs, or roofs coated with light-colored, reflective material
  • Use of low- or no-VOC coatings
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Variable controlled airflow or sensor-activated technology for ventilation
  • Use of green, non-toxic cleaning supplies
  • Open-air design
  • Cashless payment systems that allow drivers to pay for parking without stopping

Explore the entire Green Garage Certification checklist; if you can cross off more than 20 of the 30 items listed, there’s a high possibility that your garage may already qualify for recognition. If not, this list helps walk facilities professionals through the items that need to be considered in order to earn certification.

Is having a green parking facility important to your organization? Would you pursue Green Garage Certification?

PHOTO COURTESY OF GREEN PARKING COUNCIL


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