What are the most sustainable car parking solutions?
Ultimately as an architect or developer, you want to design buildings that improve people’s lives. And with today’s emphasis on green building and sustainable development, that means your building project must be environmentally friendly.
When thinking about your building’s car parking needs, using modern systems such as car stackers or automated systems might not (initially) be part of your thought process around sustainability. Yet they definitely should be in the conversation.
Let’s look at some of the car parking options available for you to incorporate into your building design, and the environmental implications of each.
Conventional car parking with ramps
While you might consider a conventional concrete-and-steel parking excavation to be the most sustainable system, in fact that’s far from the case.
The cost of excavation in terms of dollars and in environmental terms is considerable. The excavated rock and dirt need to be transported away and disposed of. Then there’s the carbon footprint of producing the considerable amounts of concrete and steel required to build the many levels and ramps.
Add to this the energy costs of lighting, running lifts, and air-conditioning. And wrap up by considering the emissions as vehicles drive round and round looking for a spare space.
Not such an eco-friendly design solution after all.
Offering a reduced carbon footprint thanks to less need for concrete and steel, car stackers can be an eco-friendly parking solution.
Instead of having to excavate four levels deep, installing car stackers could mean a reduction to (for argument’s sake) just two basement levels.
What’s more, car stackers may allow the development of smaller lots – too small for conventional parking solutions. With less space needed for parking vehicles, existing parcels of land can be opened up for development.
Semi-automatic parking systems
When you provide parking in a semi-automatic system, the user’s vehicle is parked with no emissions. This is because the system takes the car away with the engine switched off – and there’s no longer any need for drivers to circle for many minutes looking for a vacant space.
When saving vehicle emissions, every minute counts – and a semi-auto system could save hours of emissions each year.
Fully automatic robotic parking
On top of reducing vehicle emissions, a fully auto system offers further ‘green’ benefits. Because people don’t need to enter the system during normal use, it doesn’t require energy-guzzling features such as emergency or user lighting, ventilation systems, lifts, or the construction of stairs. All of these savings add up to a big reduction in carbon footprint over the life of the building.
Talk to LevantaPark for advice about eco-friendly parking systems
The LevantaPark team can help you incorporate a green solution for your building’s specific parking requirements. To speak to a design consultant get in touch with LevantaPark on 1300 993 548 or get in touch online.