The Green Parking Council’s (GPC’s) Green Garage Certification is the only global rating system that defines and recognizes sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology. This certification, which was launched in June 2014, assesses nearly 50 elements of parking facility sustainability, including operations that maximize performance while minimizing waste; programs encouraging alternative modes of transportation and community involvement; and efficient and sustainable technology and structure design.
The certification was initiated partly in response to the decision by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012 that it would no longer certify parking structures under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Going forward, the Green Garage Certification will be administered globally by Green Business Certification, Inc., which is the same certification body that oversees the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED green building rating system.
On July 1, 2015, the GPC announced the first seven parking facilities in the United States to achieve Green Garage Certification.
Garages with Green Garage Certifications: July 2015
While details haven’t been released on what each parking garage offers in particular, sustainable garages often integrate technologies and strategies such as energy-efficient lighting and ventilation systems, guidance systems that assist drivers in finding an available space more quickly, idle-reduction technologies, electric vehicle charging stations, tire inflation stations, fire suppression systems, carsharing programs, bicycle parking, and storm water management practices.
The GPC’s Green Garage Certification is an important development for the parking industry. LEED certification for buildings has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years, and the certification from the GPC could have the same result on the parking industry that LEED has had on buildings. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, over 16,000 LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation projects have been certified by the agency since 2000. These certification programs encourage businesses and government agencies to participate in energy efficiency by providing the organizations with clear goals and standards to work toward, in addition to sustainable marketing opportunities. For more information on advanced smart parking systems, see Navigant Research’s latest report, Smart Parking Systems, on the evolving market.
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