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How to Claim the 179D Deduction for 2021 and Beyond

Thu, Apr 08, 2021 @ 08:52 / by Jim Newman posted in PACE, indoor air quality, EPA, tax deductions

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Popular energy efficiency tax incentive, 179D, made permanent. Indoor air quality improvements may qualify.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), Section 179D, established a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for qualifying structures, including a retroactive deduction for existing facilities that meet specific requirements. After several extensions, this beneficial tax credit was finally made permanent.Tax Law - Folder.  Closeup View.

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Critical Strategies for Safely Reopening Buildings after COVID

Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 09:12 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Codes & Standards, ASHRAE, indoor air quality, EPA, coronavirus, COVID-19, water quality

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With entire buildings, and even campuses, being shuttered for months on end, you can’t simply reopen a closed building and assume it will be business as usual. In reopening closed buildings during – or after – the pandemic, how building owners and maintenance staff manage the essential building functions of indoor air quality and potable water can have an enormous impact on the health and safety of tenants and visitors.

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What if You Don't Have a Ventilation System in Your Building?

Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 01:46 / by Guest Post by Simon Ren, P.E., CEM posted in HVAC, IAQ, indoor air quality, coronavirus, COVID-19, bi-polar ionization

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Note: Simon Ren, P.E., CEM, serves on the Detroit ASHRAE COVID-19 Task Force with Jim Newman, Sonya Pouncy and others. This article comes from a similar piece written for the Task Force. Members of the Task Force have been speaking to various business and building owner groups on their expertise as it pertains to mitigating the effects of the coronavirus in buildings. Find additional resources at DetroitAshrae.org/COVID_19_task_force.

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IAQ and COVID - Moving from What Now? To What Next?

Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 06:34 / by Jim Newman posted in IAQ, ASHRAE, indoor air quality, COVID-19, bi-polar ionization

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Three steps to take now to improve Indoor Air Quality in the Age of Coronavirus.

People wearing masks at work.

(Updated chart 2/25/21) Whether your building is open, opening soon or closed until next year, you are behind if you’re not already planning to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) at your facility. (See “Why Good IAQ Matters in the Age of COVID-19.”) If you made changes to improve safety back in May or June (as we transitioned out of total lockdown), new information, products and tools that we discuss here may mean you’re looking at making changes again.

The good news is that there’s a lot of useful information out there. Some of it, however, gives conflicting messages. (See “100% Outside Air - Is it Really One of the Best Solutions for Flushing Buildings?”) Don’t jump in and grasp at the first shiny penny. Study the options, talk to experts, and then do what makes the most sense for your people and your bottom line.

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100% Outside Air - Is it Really One of the Best Solutions for Flushing Buildings?

Mon, Aug 03, 2020 @ 05:16 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, coronavirus, COVID-19

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In the age of COVID, we have to look at all available - and viable - options for occupant safety.

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, ASHRAE, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (the World Health Organization) currently recommend running HVAC systems for a minimum of 4 hours (but preferably more) on a daily basis with 100% outside air (OA) to “flush out” the virus. I would love to be 100% on board with this recommendation all year round. But I’m not.

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