Glossary Index of Parking Terms

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The legal principle of Bailment

The legal principle of bailment refers to a situation where one person (the bailor) transfers possession of personal property to another person (the bailee) for a specific purpose, under an agreement that the property will be returned to the bailor or dealt with in a certain way when the purpose is fulfilled. The bailee has a duty to take care of the property and use it only for the agreed-upon purpose, while the bailor retains ownership of the property. This principle is governed by common law and can be applied in a variety of contexts, such as in storage agreements, car rentals, or when one person entrusts personal property to another for safekeeping. The legal rights and responsibilities of both parties, as well as the terms of the agreement, depend on the specific circumstances of each case.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is an architectural design approach that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature. Biophilic designed buildings incorporate things like natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and other elements for creating a more productive and healthy built environment for people. The term "biophilic" comes from "biophilia," a concept popularized by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson in 1984. Biophilia refers to the innate human inclination to affiliate with nature. So, biophilic design is an application of this understanding in architecture and interior design.


Materials or substances that contain or are derived from bitumen, which is a viscous, black, and sticky hydrocarbon. Bitumen is commonly used in road construction and maintenance as a binder in asphalt mixtures.

Bond Counsel

Usually an attorney who assists in the sale of bonds (in this instance, bonds to finance parking facilities).

Building Code
Local ordinances controlling the building methods and component requirements for various types of construction. Establishes minimum standards for the design and construction of the built environment that protects the users' health, safety, and welfare.