- The facade of the parking structure balances the requirement for ventilation and weather-tightness
- The drainage of water ingress (entry of water or moisture) is managed effectively
- The parking structure provides clean, breathable air through passive or mechanical ventilation
Screening a parking structure from the weather whilst providing adequate ventilation is an important functional balancing act.
While it isn’t necessary to make parking facilities as weather-tight as a habitable structure, it’s important that a suitable plan is in place to remove water when it enters the building envelope.
Designing for weather-tightness can save significant sums of money in retrofits or repairs.
Due to exhaust fumes, ventilation is an important consideration in the design of enclosed parking structures. Ventilation can be achieved passively via natural air flow, or where this is not possible, through mechanical ventilation.
Failing to achieve a healthy and hospitable internal environment will deter patrons from using the parking facilities in the future.