Greener Buildings Need Less Parking by @intercongreen

While one could claim that urban residents most likely drives less than the national average of 12,000 miles per year, there are also a number of other factors that contribute to the latent energy of a car’s footprint on the site. One could start with the fact that many of the cars parked at a high end condominium would not be a standard, 4-door sedan weighing 3,400 pounds. Luxury SUVs carry even greater energy costs for production with less efficient mileage. This still discounts the energy and material needed to excavate down for an additional cellar level as well as the materials needed to construct a garage with 19 spaces including the automotive elevator to get them to and from the street. When all is said and done, it is not outlandish to think that the design team would need to employ proactive efforts to decrease the energy usage of a building by 5% just to break e...

Full article: http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1164812

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