Certification

Parksmart is the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.

Developed by industry experts, Parksmart offers a roadmap for new and existing parking facilities to use innovative, solutions-oriented strategies. Points are awarded to parking structures for forward-thinking and sustainable practices in three categories: management, programs, and technology structure design. View the measures.

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Parksmart Certification Standard

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Guide to Parksmart Certification

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Document Submission Package

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Parksmart Scorecard


Eligibility

Certification is open to both new and existing structured parking facilities of all types including commercial, university, municipal, hospital, retail and hospitality. Projects can be standalone, or a part of a mixed-use building. All are welcome.

New construction projects, or projects that were commissioned within two years of registration, are eligible to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold certification. They must earn a minimum of 20 points in each of the three main certification categories.

Existing projects, or those commissioned more than two years prior to registration, are eligible to achieve Pioneer certification. They must earn a minimum of 15 points in each of the three main certification categories.

New construction projects

Certification Level Points
Parksmart Bronze 110-134 points
Parksmart Silver 135-159 points
Parksmart Gold 160+ points

Existing structures

Certification Level Points
Parksmart Pioneer 90+ points

Introductory Fees

Registration Certification
$250 $6,500



Additional fees apply for Measure Interpretation Requests (MIRs) or Appeals. Fees subject to change.


Process

Parksmart certification involves four main steps. For detailed information on the certification process, eligibility, program costs, and achievement levels, download the free Guide to Parksmart Certification.

1. REGISTER

Complete the Parksmart registration form, and submit payment to receive access to Parksmart application materials.

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Contact us to request the registration form. Once the form is completed and payment has been processed, you’ll receive access to the Parksmart application.

2. APPLY

Collect and submit the necessary documentation to enable a GBCI review of your project.

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Using the Parksmart Certification Standard and Documentation Submission Package, identify which Parksmart measures to pursue. Prepare documentation demonstrating achievement of the selected measures. Technical questions? Email us at parksmart@gbci.org.

Before you complete the application and submit your project for review, you may schedule a call with your reviewer.

3. REVIEW

GBCI will conduct a thorough examination of your project.

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Preliminary Review (20-25 business days)
GBCI will determine if your project complies with attempted measure requirements. Once the preliminary review is returned, you can accept the results, or submit new or revised documentation for another round of review. If you have questions about the review comments, you can request a post-review conference call with your reviewer.

Final Review (20-25 business days)
GBCI will review the resubmitted documentation for compliance. Once the review is returned, you can either accept the results or file an appeal.

Appeal Review (optional, 20-25 business days, fees apply)
In an appeal, you can submit additional information, modify your application, or add new measures previously not attempted. All updates to the application must be submitted at once. Appeal fees are assessed on a per measure basis. Appeal Review determinations can either be accepted or appealed again. There’s no limit to the number of appeals you can submit.

4. CERTIFY

Sign off on your project’s final review.

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Accepting GBCI’s review is the final step in the Parksmart certification process. If you’ve earned certification, congratulations! You'll receive a formal certificate of recognition, and you can begin promoting this achievement. Certification is valid for three years following the date of your acceptance of GBCI’s review. After three years, your project can renew certification (process currently under development).

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