Green Building Design

CPC is committed to the implementation of “sustainable design objectives” for all our projects. Our commitment extends not only to achieving sustainability by design but also to the implementation of sustainable processes during construction and ultimately to the protection of occupant health and respect for and conservation of our world’s precious natural resources.

Over it’s lifetime, the Green Parking Building is designed to achieve certain high priority objectives:

  • - Protection of the Facility user’s health and well-being
  • - Enhance productivity of Facility management and on-going maintenance
  • - Exercise conservation in the use of water and energy as well as efficiency in the use of raw materials
  • - Capture the benefit of site and climatic conditions with an orientation toward natural day lighting and ventilation
  • - Incorporate recycled content in building material selections
  • - Utilize local and indigenous materials
  • - Reduce, reuse, and recycle materials in all phases of construction and deconstruction
  • - Use life-cycle costing to evaluate the true costs of all building and design decisions.

Following is CPC’s select list of Sustainable Design Features specific to parking facilities, organized by LEED category:

Sustainable Sites:

  • - Enhanced and accessible pedestrian routes to public transportation
  • - Provisions for daily bicycle storage and bicyclist changing rooms with lockers
  • - Preferred parking locations for low-emitting/ fuel efficient vehicles
  • - Alternative hardscape materials, which are porous and promote infiltration of surface water runoff.

Water Efficiency:

  • - Water conserving plant material selection and use of native plants
  • - Use of non-potable water for landscaping
  • - Vegetated filters and open bio-swale channels to assist treatment of storm water runoff

Energy and Atmosphere:

  • - On going monitoring of building energy consumption
  • - Implementation of on-site renewable energy systems; principally solar. The Parking Facility upper deck will often accommodate a photovoltaic array efficiently harvesting energy from the sun for electrical power generation.
  • - Commissioning to verify that energy systems meet with CPC basis of design
  • - Avoid use of refrigerants

Materials and Resources:

  • - Reuse of manufacturing by-products such as the inclusion of fly ash in the concrete mix
  • - Use of rapidly renewable materials
  • - Favor indigenous materials or materials limit transporting of materials in excess of miles from the project site
  • - Provide for storage and collection of recyclables
  • - Establish a construction waste management plan that reduces landfill and incinerator destinations

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • - Prioritize use of low-emitting products for such materials as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, composite wood, and agrifiber
  • - Seek out design opportunities which increase natural day lighting, views, and natural ventilation
  • - Establish minimum IAQ performance criteria and provide smoke free environment

Innovation/Design Process:

  • - CPC encourages and supports key staff in pursuing LEED accreditation. Currently 25% of the CPC design team members have achieved certification status. Sustainability is inherent to the design process at CPC in advancing the creation of the Green Parking Building and in setting the bar for parking solutions of the future.