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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Parksmart Planning Worksheet

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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. Projects have five years to complete certification and may submit measures all at one, or work toward certification over time.

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

Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members Organizational and Non-Members
Registration $1,200 $1,500
Certification - New Construction $5,500 $6,500
Certification - Existing $4,500 $5,500
Measure Interpretation Ruling (if applicable) $220 $220
Supplemental Review (if applicable) $500 $500

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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Complete Parksmart registration at arcskoru.com. Once registration is complete 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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Project documentation is uploaded to arcskoru.com, where you can store documents and track your progress towards certification. Email us at parksmart@gbci.org with any questions.

The standard path to certification is to submit all of your measures for review at one time, but you may submit measures over time. Projects have 5 years from registration to achieve certification.

The Parksmart Planning Worksheet is a helpful tool for determining your strategy.

You may schedule a call with your GBCI reviewer at any time. Projects often find it helpful to do so while working on their Parksmart Planning Worksheet.

3. REVIEW

GBCI will conduct a thorough examination of your project.

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GBCI will evaluate your completed documentation for completeness and compliance with the Parksmart rating system.

Within 10 business days of your submission and payment, GBCI will respond with a review, indicating which measures are achieved and which may require further information. The certification fee includes a preliminary and final round of review for each measure, so you have an opportunity to provide any required additional documentation.

If you have questions regarding a review determination or comments, we encourage you to schedule a call with a GBCI reviewer.

Special circumstances may require additional reviews or actions that incur additional fees.

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). Download the GBCI Trademark & Policy Guidelines for proper Parksmart logo use.

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