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Certifying Parking Garages

In the July issue, I wrote an article that looks as the use of metal in designing parking structures.

parking garage certification, metal construction news, blog, marcy marroOn June 2, the Green Parking Council, an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), launched its Green Garage Certification program. Considered the equivalent of the USGBC's LEED program, the Green Garage Certification recognizes and inspires high standards in sustainable parking facility design, technology, operations and management.

"Green Garage Certification provides both a roadmap and assessment tool for real estate owners, developers, planners, architects, tenants, parking operators, and others to strive toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable future," says GPC Executive Director Paul Wessel.

The certification is a consensus-driven program that has been developed over several years, honey be external reviewers, and included a beta phase with more than 40 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The GPC is training independent, registered Green Garage Certification Assessors who may be tapped to guide applicants through the process, providing varying levels of assistance based upon individual needs.

"Green Garage Certification applies an holistic approach to garage performance and sustainability, evaluating facilities based on their achievement toward a menu of standards developed by experts from a range of related fields," explains John Schmid, chair of the GPC board of directors. "This program demonstrates the parking industry's commitment to a greener future."

Interested in pursuing Green Garage Certification? The website, www.greenparkingcouncil.org/certification, has case studies, a free Program Guide and the "Green Garage Certification at a Glance," which can be downloaded. A 195-page "Green Garage Certification Standard" can be purchased for $49.95 on the website or will be available in Kindle version from Amazon.

Is this something that you would be interested in? Why or why not? We would love to learn more about your thoughts on the new Green Parking Garage Certification.

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