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.
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 completed and 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 are those completed and commissioned more than two years prior to registration. They are eligible to achieve Pioneer certification and must earn a minimum of 15 points in each of the three main certification categories.
New construction projects
|Parksmart Bronze||110-134 points|
|Parksmart Silver||135-159 points|
|Parksmart Gold||160+ points|
|Parksmart Pioneer||90+ points|
|Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members||Organizational and Non-Members|
|Certification - New Construction||$5,500||$6,500|
|Certification - Existing||$4,500||$5,500|
|Measure Interpretation Ruling (if applicable)||$220||$220||Precertification||$4000||$5000|
|Supplemental Review (if applicable)||$500||$500|
Parking structures included in new and existing LEED projects are eligible for a 15 percent Parksmart registration and certification fee discount. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
Complete the Parksmart registration form, submit payment and schedule your planning call.
Complete Parksmart registration at arcskoru.com. Once registration is complete and payment has been processed, you’ll receive access to the Parksmart application.
Use the Parksmart Planning Worksheet to determine your strategy for achieving certification and schedule a planning call with your GBCI reviewer to discuss your intended approach and ask questions about the certification process.
Collect and submit the necessary documentation to enable a GBCI review of your project.
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.
You may schedule a call with your GBCI reviewer at any time.
GBCI will conduct a thorough examination of your project.
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.
Sign off on your project’s final review.
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.