A tribute to energy efficiency and an art installation in one, the futuristic-looking (and feeling) parking garage located in Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood is a step above the pile of concrete you’d normally be expected to park in.
As a certified Green Garage, the parking garage was built and is operated in accordance with the highest environmentally friendly parking best practices. With 141 spaces for motor vehicle parking, the space also includes: covered parking for bikes, two electric vehicle charging stations, and a bike repair station – with free air!
Solar panels on the roof generate enough power to operate the parking garage, with excess energy being fed into the grid. In order to demonstrate this power generation to the public, the garage includes a dynamic energy display which indicates when energy is being used or generated.
Energy consumption due to lighting requirements was minimized during the design process by ensuring the accessibility of tones of natural light and installing special energy-efficient lighting for night-time.
The garage is also tailored to its location, reserving parking on the first two floors exclusively for short-term parking (2 hours maximum) at the competitive rate of $1.25 per half hour. This encourages residents to visit many of the locally owned businesses along Bank Street without the worries of finding street parking. In addition, the garage is equipped with heated entrances to reduce the need for snow clearing, a definite consideration in a city like Ottawa.
If the parking garage wasn’t perfect already, it is also an impectually designed building on the inside and out. On each floor of the parking garage you can find artwork built into the concrete structure.
Which feature of this Green Garage do you like best? For me it is definitely the dynamic energy display.
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