The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act rewards energy-efficiency
To promote energy-efficiency and conservation, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extended the tax benefits from the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) through 2013. EPAct provides attractive tax incentives for installing specific energy improvements to commercial building property.
The act is designed to reward businesses that implement more than one technology or product. While a one-time partial tax deduction is available for an upgrade of any one system (lighting, HVAC, and building envelope), additional technologies can net far greater tax incentives. The goal is to encourage building owners to identify as many energy savings opportunities as possible.
Window film is a very attractive technology due to its ease of implementation and relative low cost and is classified in the building envelope category. By itself, window film can provide from 5% to 15% savings of total energy used, but likely will not meet the minimum energy savings threshold required to qualify for the tax deduction.
However, when implemented in combination with other products and technologies (such as lighting or HVAC, which can each net a savings of up to 50%) window film can provide a significant boost in the deduction amount available to building owners because they can claim multiple energy savings technologies and apply for higher deduction amounts, up to the $1.80 maximum allowed per square foot.
Window film improves energy-efficiency of existing windows
Solar Gard offers a wide range of energy-efficient window film products that can be installed to upgrade your existing windows. Solar Gard window films reject considerable amounts of solar energy, which leads to lower maintenance costs for air conditioning and higher comfort.
Building owners are often encouraged to upgrade their existing windows. Replacing windows can be a very costly project, in terms of expense, time for implementation, and disruption to on-going business activities. Installing Solar Gard film on existing windows is a cost effective alternative that can be accomplished quickly and professionally, without interrupting business operations or disturbing building occupants.
Book energy savings while preserving the way your glass looks
Solar Gard’s state-of-the-art film products, the latest generation of spectrally selective films, combine high clarity and high performance. The amount of daylight entering the building is optimized with high “visible light transmission” properties, while simultaneously providing excellent solar performance to reject solar heat. This allows building owners and managers to preserve the original appearance of the building and increase occupant satisfaction.
Also, with the ever increasing threat of terrorism, severe weather and burglary – all leading to potential glass breakage – Solar Gard offers a range of clear, energy-efficient safety & security films. These films combine a barrier against these threats with very powerful energy-savings.
Create a better environment inside and out
Installing window film on your property is a natural extension to your energy savings commitment. With the added incentives provided by EPAct, now is the time to make the commitment to the environment and to your occupants before this deduction expires. If you are currently pursuing an EPAct strategy, be sure to include window film in your plans. If you would like more information on how to get started, contact your local energy and tax consultants.