FAQs

What is Parksmart?

Parksmart is the world’s only rating system advancing sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation. A voluntary, consensus-driven certification, Parksmart recognizes parking structure developers, owners and operators who embrace innovative strategies that benefit the environment, improve bottom lines, and strengthen community relationships.

What is GBCI?

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing global excellence in green business industry performance and practice through the administration of project certifications, professional credentials and certificates. GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and Zero Waste.

Is my parking structure eligible for Parksmart?

Any new construction or existing multi-level structure that stores vehicles is eligible for Parksmart certification. This structure may be a stand-alone building or integrated into a mixed-use building (e.g. office building or shopping mall). Projects anywhere in the world may seek Parksmart certification.

How do I get started with certification?

Email parksmart@gbci.org and request the Parksmart registration form.

How can I learn more about Parksmart?

The International Parking Institute (IPI), in partnership with GBCI, offers the Parksmart Advisor Training. Offered both online and face-to-face, the training equips professionals with the knowledge they need to lead projects through the Parksmart certification process. And those who take and pass the training are awarded with a professional certificate upon completion. Explore IPI's website for more information.

You can also visit our resources page to access important Parksmart resources.

Is surface parking eligible for Parksmart?

No, surface parking may not achieve Parksmart certification. However, ancillary surface parking may be included within the project boundary of a parking structure seeking Parksmart certification.

Should occupied spaces within a parking structured be included within the Parksmart project boundary?

Any occupied spaces, within the parking structure, that are integral to garage operations, such as a parking office, must be included within the Parksmart project boundary.

What does the Parksmart recertification process entail?

GBCI is currently evaluating Parksmart recertification options. We expect the process to include reaffirming certain project attributes and reporting some limited performance data. Please stay tuned for future updates.