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NEMA, AIA Renew Call for commercial building tax reduction.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 16, 2010 - NEMA and AIA renewed their call on Congress to support increasing Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80/ft² to $3/ft² to help stimulate immediate job creation. As NEMA President and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis indicated this increase would provide job-stimulating incentive to retrofit and renovate existing commercial buildings. Over 80 manufacturing, construction, and environmental organizations have co-signed letter to Congressional members asking for this increase.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA and AIA Renew Call on Congress to Extend Commercial Building Tax Deduction

Press release date: Apr 13, 2010

Policy to help spur immediate job creation and reduce energy consumption likely to be a focus of Way and Means Committee Hearing Tomorrow

ROSSLYN, Va.-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today renewed their call on Congress to support increasing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80 per square foot to $3 per square foot in order to help stimulate immediate job creation. More than 80 organizations in the manufacturing, construction, and environmental arenas have now co-signed a letter to Congressional members asking for an increase in this particular tax deduction. This represents an increase of more than 40 percent in the number of signatures since December 2009.

A copy of the letter is available at www.nema.org/gov/efficientbuildings and efficientbuildings.org/files/CBTD_MoC_Letter.pdf.

A hearing on Energy Tax Incentives to Drive the Green Job Economy is being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Longworth House Office Building. The hearing will examine the effectiveness of current energy tax policy and identify additional steps-such as increasing the commercial building tax deduction-that the committee can take to ensure continued job growth in this area.

In 2005, NEMA and AIA advocated a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for the design and installation of qualified energy efficient building systems in new building construction or in the renovation of existing buildings. Although the deduction, which was enacted that year, has been successfully used to build and retrofit energy-efficient buildings, the current economic crisis has reduced the amount of building design, construction, and renovations nationwide. In addition, because some energy efficient systems are more expensive to design, build, and install than their less efficient counterparts, the initial increased capital costs often dissuade owners from installing these systems.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the increase would provide a valuable job-stimulating incentive to retrofit and renovate existing commercial buildings.

"This tax incentive has a proven record of success in supporting thousands of construction, electrical, design, contractor, and manufacturing jobs prior to the recession. An increase is needed to address tight capital and other financing issues facing building owners. This is the type of measure that fits with the outlines of President Obama's jobs stimulus announcement on December 8, 2009," Gaddis said.

"The entire construction industry accounts for billions of dollars nationwide, yet continues to suffer at near historic proportions," said AIA Executive Vice President/CEO Christine McEntee. "Congress could have an immediate impact that will stimulate building design, construction and renovation across the country by increasing the deduction to $3 per square foot. This will help spur much needed job creation in every state and region, while enhancing our energy independence and improving our nation's infrastructure for the 21st century."

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association's Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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