In today's world, parking garages are important elements of the urban infrastructure. So it's exciting that Denver International Airport's (DIA) newest parking facility incorporates cutting-edge technologies to provide both environmental conservation and energy efficiency.
DIA is the fifth busiest airport in the United States and the tenth busiest in the world. It has been named America's Best Run Airport and serves more than 51 million passengers annually, a good number of whom arrive by private automobile.
The new Canopy Airport Parking facility (previously called "Green Park"), is expected to open mid-November 2010, ahead of schedule and in time for the holiday travel season. Its LEED certification, almost certainly Gold-level and possibly Platinum-level, reflects its extensive use of technologies that are ecologically and socially beneficial.
This state-of-the-art parking garage, with room for 4200 cars, is designed around solar arrays and wind turbines for power generation, geothermal heating and cooling, and extensive LED lighting, with passenger shuttles powered by CNG and Biodiesel fuels. The entire design was conceived with a view toward reducing overall energy consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions.