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Contact Your Senator for Energy Efficiency
By Christina Finkenhofer, Director, Federal Relations
Soon the Senate will take up legislation that extends and improves the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction. We need you to tell your Senator that the EXPIRE Act is must-pass legislation that is critical to the continued recovery of the design and construction industry.
This tax deduction, known as "179D," allows for building owners to claim a tax deduction of $1.80 per sq. ft. of building area to install systems that reduce the total energy and power costs by 50 percent or more when compared with a reference building. The deduction applies to nearly all commercial, high-rise multifamily residential, health care, institutional, public, and educational facilities.
However, the 179D deduction expired at the end of 2013. Thanks to the efforts of architects like you, the Senate Finance Committee approved an extension to 2015, but now the full Senate needs to approve it. They need to hear from architects that the best way to get the country moving again is by keeping and strengthening programs that have a proven track record in getting clients to build green.
Please contact your Senator and tell them about the importance of extending this tax incentive as a way to not only create jobs, but to help promote energy-efficient design. Without your voice, this opportunity may just pass us by.
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