Parking points now boost LEED project scores

Parking points now boost LEED project scores

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The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Parksmart measures are now part of the LEED innovation catalog for certain projects.

The LEED Steering Committee recently added select Parksmart measures to the LEED innovation catalog for LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C), LEED 2009 BD+C, LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance (O+M) and LEED 2009 O+M projects.

USGBC recognizes LEED projects deploying cutting-edge sustainability initiatives through the LEED innovation catalog. The addition of Parksmart measures to the catalog builds upon previously identified synergies between Parksmart and LEED.

A parking structure is often the first and last experience a building visitor has with a LEED project. Parksmart strategies enhance this experience by reducing environmental impact, improving the parking process and offering greater mobility choice.

Parksmart enables a frictionless experience for both your garage user and the environment through the following aspects:

Parksmart bicycle amenities, such as lockers, drinking waterandmechanic stations go beyond providing bicycle parking to welcoming cyclists who visit your property.

Beautifying your garage

Parksmart traffic flow strategies and wayfinding systems deliver a parking experience that eliminates the needless emissions and frustration created when visitors have difficulty finding a parking space or navigating to the garage exit.

Wrapping a parking structure with beautiful artistic facades or vegetative roofs makes visitors' experience memorable. Parksmart encourages these and other means of creating a warmer, more welcoming garage.

Access the LEED v4 BD+C Parksmart innovation measure guidance here. Note that Parksmart innovation measures can be applied to LEED 2009 BD+CLEED v4 O+Mand LEED 2009 O+M projects as well.


Project teams may pursue one or more of the following innovation strategies from measures in the Parksmart certification program.

Parksmart to LEED Innovation Strategy 1:

Achieving the following Parksmart requirements will earn one LEED Innovation point:

Full requirements of Parksmart Measure B11: Bicycle Parking, both Tier 1 and Tier 2 criteria AND Full requirements of Parksmart Measure C4: Tire Inflation Stations

Parksmart to LEED Innovation Strategy 2:

Achieving three or more points under Parksmart Measure B1: Placemaking will earn one LEED Innovation point.

Parksmart to LEED Innovation Strategy 3:

Achieving the following Parksmart requirements will earn one LEED Innovation point:

Two or more points under Parksmart Measure B3: Wayfinding Systems – External AND 3 or more points under Parksmart Measure B4: Wayfinding Systems – Internal AND Full requirements of Parksmart Measure B5: Traffic Flow Plan

Additional guidance

USGBC recommends referring to the "Combined Parksmart Measures for LEED Innovation Catalog" for Parksmart for additional guidance.

Topics: Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Hardscaping / Pavers / Other, Security / Access Control Systems / Other, Urban Planning and Design

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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