Sustainable design is no longer a fashionable trend – it’s a necessity in the built environment today. As an architect or developer, you focus on building designs that improve people’s lives. The current emphasis on green building and sustainable development means your building project must be environment- friendly in every respect – including the car parking space.
Carpark design has come a long way with modern innovations such as car stackers or automated robotic systems being considered as space-saving and energy-efficient alternatives to conventional concrete and steel structures.
While these modern systems may not initially be part of your thought process around sustainability, they definitely should be in the conversation.
LevantaPark evaluates some of the car parking options that you can incorporate into your building design, along with their environmental implications.
Conventional car parking with ramps
The conventional concrete-and-steel parking design is not a sustainable option, considering the huge cost of excavation, both in terms of dollars and environmental impact. In addition to transporting and disposing off the excavated rock and dirt, one also needs to consider the carbon footprint of producing the considerable amounts of concrete and steel required to build the many levels and ramps. Post-completion, a conventional carpark will also incur the energy costs of lighting, running lifts, ventilation and air-conditioning. Additionally, there will be emissions from vehicles driving around, looking for a vacant spot.
One of the more modern car parking innovations, car stackers have a lower carbon footprint thanks to the reduced need for concrete and steel, making them an eco-friendly parking solution. Excavation is also reduced from four levels deep required for a conventional carpark to just two basement levels. With less space needed for parking vehicles, existing parcels of land can be opened up for development. Car stackers are also recommended for smaller lots where a conventional carpark may not be feasible.
Semi-automatic parking systems
A semi-automatic car parking system parks cars with the vehicle’s engine switched off, eliminating the problem of emissions seen in conventional parking lots. When calculating vehicle emissions, every minute counts; a semi-auto parking system could save hours of emissions each year.
Fully automatic robotic parking
A fully automatic robotic parking system not only reduces vehicle emissions but also offers several green benefits. For instance, since the parking is carried out automatically without requiring any person to enter the area during use, the parking system doesn’t require energy-guzzling features such as emergency or user lighting, ventilation systems, lifts, or even 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 car parking systems.