Delivers up to 17 LEED Points
AUTOParkit garages are more eco-friendly parking solutions compared to a conventional garage by:
- 50% less space to park the same number of cars compared to a conventional garage. Land use affects sustainability and development density. Architects and developers can deliver more open green space into their projects.
- Reduce traffic congestion as we eliminate the need to search for open parking spaces.
- No pollution is released inside the garage, as AUTOParkit uses Fully Automated Mechanical Systems to convey a car into a parking space.
- Tire and brake dust are more toxic than exhaust emissions. They are eliminated in an AUTOParkit garage. There is no need to powerwash the garage to remove the hazardous materials. In a 500 stall garage, you stop releasing 25 tons of tire dust and 2.5 tons of brake dust during its service life
Parking garages utilizing AUTOParkit™ facilitate LEED® and Parksmart® certifications.
A review of LEED-NC Version 2.2, the Green Building Rating System for New Construction & Major Renovations, indicates that an automated parking system could receive a minimum of 10 points and a maximum of 17 points
Other areas that contribute one point are:
Lighting (System can function in darkness)
Chemical and pollutants
Low emitting materials
No ventilation of emissions (vehicles are not running inside the garage)
Optimal energy performance
Maximize open space
Preferred 5% parking (carpool)
Shared vehicle storage
Source: Air Quality Study Automated Parking System, EEA Consultants Inc. 2007
“A study on the reduction of environmental pollutants by utilizing a parking system versus a conventional garage was performed by the environmental engineering firm EEA Consultants Inc. A conventional garage with a 350 vehicle capacity was compared to a like size automated parking garage operated by WPS Parking.
The methods, input parameters and calculations used were based on procedures developed for New York City’s City Environmental Quality Review Technical Manual. The hourly arrivals and departures to the garage were based on the patterns measured at a similar sized garage in Midtown Manhattan by Sam Schwartz Engineering, PLLC. Impact on air pollution was determined by scientifically accepted models as referred to by EEA, “Vehicle emission factors (in grams of pollutant per vehicle-mile or per hour of idling) and fuel use (mpg) for an analysis year of 2008 were determined using the USEPA’s MOBILE6.2 mobile source emissions model (User’s Guide to MOBILE6.1 and MOBILE6.2 Mobile Source Emission Factor Model, EPA420-R-03-010, August 2003). MOBILE6.2 emission factors were based on travel speed, vehicle classification, and engine thermal conditions. The speed within the garage was assumed to be 5 mph. Classification represents the proportion of the various types of vehicles.”