This form of transport directly correlates to not only the need for large roads but for large areas of car parking. Shopping centres and commercial zones, as well as education, health, transport and aged care facilities are surrounded by swathes of car parking. Is there an opportunity here to offset, at least to some degree, the impact of the motor vehicle?
Scott Carne, Senior Civil Engineer in the Melbourne office, has been working on a sustainable car park solution. He believes the construction of multi-functional canopies that provide shade, renewable energy and non-potable water, combined with WSUD surface stormwater treatment, will see car parks become truly sustainable features of our cities and towns.