Chinese village country's first to earn green parking designation
West Village has earned Parksmart bronze, becoming the first project in China and the first outside the United States to receive the certification.
The designation was awarded by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the exclusive certification body for LEED and premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, according to a release.
Parksmart is the world's only rating system advancing sustainable mobility through smarter siting, design and operations while conserving resources. By incorporating sustainable practices and innovative solutions, the car park is helping to increase energy efficiency, conserve resources and promote alternative modes of transportation in China.
West Village is a multi-functional complex that houses businesses championing a creative lifestyle. It provides a retreat from the fast-paced city and features a courtyard-style building with distinct culture-based commerce and an extensive sports field for outdoor activities.
The below-ground car park includes more than 1,000 spaces and uses innovative and efficient technologies to create a unique and hassle-free parking experience. An online reservation and payment system reduces unnecessary idling; state-of-the-art electronic car charging stations promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles; and car park incentives and surveys encourage carpooling and ridesharing.
As part of the construction, West Village sourced at least 75 percent of its materials regionally and created a rainwater harvesting system that diverts rainfall to green infrastructure surrounding the building. In addition, there is an active recycling program onsite and areas that were not usable for parking were converted to self-storage for garage users.
"West Village is helping to reshape the transportation and mobility experience by applying sustainable and innovative strategies that help improve the health and wellbeing of its visitors," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Counciland GBCI. "Parksmart certification is a signal that WE PARK (Huibo) and LimeTree are dedicated to increasing energy efficiency, encouraging alternative transportation and strengthening community relationships."
Parking is one of the largest land uses in cities and with the number of vehicles expected to reach two billion by 2030, parking structures emerge as a transformative tool to drive sustainable mobility. Parksmart is modeled after LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), the world's most widely used green building program. Developed by industry experts and administered by GBCI, the rating system defines, measures and recognizes high-performing sustainable parking garages and provides a roadmap for new and existing facilities to implement innovative, solution-oriented strategies.
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