Fantastic Green Parking Garage Design With Wind Harvesting Energy
There are new parking garage in Chicago that used green design in the building. Its breaking the mold by collecting power from gusts blowing through the heart of the windy city. The parking garage features 12 vertical-axis wind turbines that collect the wind whipping through the city streets with street facing facade of the Greenway Self Park.
The parking garage was designed by HOK that was famous for their revolutionary green design. The wind-powered garage also features rainwater collection, electric car plug-in stations and placards throughout the garage to educate parkers on sustainable living.
The wind energy system consists of 12 paired vertical axis wind turbines, which twist like candy poles at a barber shop while harnessing moving air from the streets. Its fit since the parking garage located at the corner of Kinzie and Clark Streets.
The renewable energy generated from the system goes to power the exterior lights of the garage, and if any excess power is generated it gets fed into the grid.
This installation is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and it takes a really innovative approach to building-integrated wind turbines.
Also included in the project is a rainwater collection system, plug-in stations for electric vehicles, and a glazed screen external wall that promotes natural ventilation.
The elevator lobby of each floor also features a way-finding system to educate Chicagoans on how to live more sustainably and better protect the environment.
All of this design was built in order to acquire LEED certification.