Glass facades to become solar power generators

The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) wants to turn office windows into multifaceted solar power generators. The CASE “integrated concentrating dynamic solar facade” consists of grids of clear pyramids that help focus the sun’s rays to generate energy.

While the technology of solar cells on buildings or focusing the sun’s energy through a lens is not new, the integration of all these ideas is novel. (Go to for more information.)

Another potential use for new developing technologies such as the dynamic solar facade could be in powering automated parking garages. These garages, such as Robotic Parking Systems, can accomodate any facade designed by architects and developers and already reduce CO2 emissions as well as other pollutants and greenhouse gases.


Automated & Mechanical Parking Association

The Automated & Mechanical Parking Association (AMPA) held its annual meeting Sunday, March 7th in Chicago.

This organization is made up of automated parking manufacturers, parking consultants and other related companies. Its purpose is to a) serve the public by providing safe and reliable alternative solutions to urban parking needs, and b) facilitate the growth and prosperity of the automated and mechanical parking industry.

Recently members of the association worked with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) to successfully incorporate the needs of the automated parking industry into international fire codes.

They are currently working on code change proposals for the IBC (International Building Code).

Click here for more information on AMPA.

Technology Improvements Ripple Across Many Industries

Technology never stands still. Advances in technology that occur in one industry allow for more advanced solutions and new applications of the technology in other industries. Those improvements then lead to advances in more industries and so on.

Industry improvements in electronics, wireless technology, camera systems, computer hardware and software and many other components occur every year. Each time the components we use in our Robotic Parking Systems improve, our garages improve. In addition to incorporating these industry advances, we add our own engineering and technology improvements.

For example, the speed of system communications, such as he wireless communications network between the automated parking machinery and our control computer system, have increased 10 times. New interfaces were added for BIM (Building Information Management) systems.

This is just one example of how new technology ripples through an industry. All of these industry technology advances result in a greatly improved automated garage that give architects and developers more space for design, development and the community.

Automated Parking Increases Green Space and Reduces Pollution

Green spaces and common areas in which people can interact are essential to creating cities that are beautiful, livable, safe and desirable to businesses, tourists and residents.

A Robotic Parking System garage helps to create the space to grow a greener city while reducing pollution and traffic congestion. For example, the automated garage at the Ibn Battuta Gate Complex in Dubai reduces CO2 emissions by more than 100 tons per year with comparable reductions in other pollutants and greenhouse gases. It additionally saves 9,000 gallons of gasoline per year thus contributing significantly to carbon footprint reductions that earn up to 17 LEED points for the project by simply introducing robotic systems into it.

Click here to see a video from the opening of first automated parking garage in Dubai.

LEED “Dual Platinum” certification on historic renovation

By renovating a historic building into a record-setting green HQ, The Christman Co. earned $13 million in tax credits. But that’s almost penny change compared to the $300 million in new business and 50% better margins attributable to its new home.

Automated parking can open up possibilities to achieve similar results in projects where the renovated building would demand increased parking space.  And, provides significant LEED points through reduced energy use and pollution.

via The Christman Company | Case Study | HQ Magazine – Good Design is Good Business | A publication of McGraw-Hill and Architectural Record.

People, Not Just a Building, Make for ‘Place’

People, Not Just a Building, Make for ‘Place’.

“It is a humanistic inquiry that recognizes that buildings and settings, alone, do not make place,” said Kingston Health in a talk Dec. 13 at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments in Oxford, UK. “People, in their interaction with the natural and built environment, make place.”

Professor Heath was speaking on the emerging field of “situated regionalism.” The integration of new construction and preservation within the dynamics of crowded urban environments may be eased through the use of automated parking. The space saved may give the architect more flexibility to integrate their design aesthetically within limited space.