Automated parking systems have various benefits for new developments, such as 50% space savings, superior user experience, and higher ROI.

However, one of its most powerful advantages is being a sustainable and environmental-friendly solution.

Here are 4 reasons why automated parking is more sustainable than any other parking solution.

1) 83% Less emissions

In an automated parking garage users do not drive or walk inside the structure. They drive their vehicle into a wide bay room, turn off the engine and exit. The automated parking system moves the vehicles inside the volume with no Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide or Nitrogen oxides emissions.

The result is 83% (!) less emissions in an automated parking garage.

In fact, as a result of the low emissions, the standard ventilation for an automated parking structure is only 2 time per hour, comparing to 9-10 times per hour for a conventional garage!

Car emissions are significantly reduced in Automated parking.
2) Less use of building materials and excavations

Automated parking systems optimizes the Square-footage of a parking volume. With no pedestrian walkways, door clearance, ramps, or turning radii required, the system dense the footprint by 50%. In some automated parking projects, U-tron’s design succeeded to incorporate the parking structure within the building and make excavations completely redundant.

For developers, a smaller footprint means using fewer building materials, reduce excavations and produce less construction debris which directly contributing to a more sustainable project.

Construction debris illustration
3) Self-sufficient power system

Using solar energy to generate electricity can self supply the automated parking systems needs. The Automated parking structure in West Hollywood City Hall includes a photovoltaic system that supplies the power to U-tron’s machinery. The city monitors the total energy and CO2 savings. The energy saving per year equals 45,458 Gallons of Gas and 402 Tons of CO2. The Total CO2 offset equals 1,100 trees.

Solar panels on WeHo City Hall automated parking building

Solar panels on the roof of WeHo City Hall automated parking building
4) Adaptive reuse

The future of parking depends on car ownership trends. Researches show Millennials tend to rely more on public transit or ride-hailing, but generation X and baby- boomers still rely on cars as their main transportation. Still, architects and urban planners need to consider expected car ownership as a factor of their current designs, leaving room for changes in parking demand.

Automated parking structures are built with no ramps and turning radii and with about 15′ floor-to-floor height. In the future, it allows us to remove the steel decks in between slabs and repurpose the volume. Developers will be able to construct new units/retail without having to rebuild the whole development, keeping a minimum impact on the environment.

The conclusion is simple:

Automated Parking is a sustainable and environmentally responsible solution. It allows you to design and develop future-proof buildings that minimize the carbon footprint and optimize land use.

Steel mezzanine floor between slabs

Steel mezzanine floor that was built between slabs

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