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07/29/2010

Tax Incentive Plan to Avoid Commercial Real Estate Crisis

“The CRE Solution” is a three year plan with an energy reduction target and an annual tax deduction equivalent for achieving tiered benchmarks

 
Tax Incentive Plan to Avoid Commercial Real Estate Crisis

In response to $1.4 million in looming commercial real estate (CRE) loans coming due between now and 2014, Architecture 2030 has designed a tax-incentive program to help avoid a financial meltdown.

“The CRE Solution” is a three year plan with an energy reduction target and an annual tax deduction equivalent for achieving tiered benchmarks. For example, an energy-reduction target of 50% would denote a $6.00 tax deduction per square foot. The tax incentive would provide businesses with a financial incentive to renovate for energy efficiency, provide flexibility with different energy-reduction goal options (30%, 50%, 75%, or Zero-Net-Energy goals), and would also create an annual energy savings for the businesses, which would simultaneously increase the building’s property value.

As the report describes, a 28,000-square-foot commercial building with a 50% energy reduction target could receive approximately $250,128 in energy savings and tax deductions over three years. These savings would then help businesses to pay CRE loans, combat a 90% decrease in CRE transactions since 2007, and generate a proposed 1.3 million construction-related jobs through these renovations. Implementation requires that the existing Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (26 U.S.C. 179D) be increased from $1.80 to a $3.00 to $9.00 range, depending on a building’s specific energy reduction target.

The full report, “The Imminent Commercial Real Estate Crisis and The CRE Solution,” is co-authored by Edward Mazria and Kristina Kershner, CEO and President of Architecture 2030.

“Employed strategically, energy efficiency tax incentives can be multiplied significantly to reduce CRE loan defaults, stimulate CRE transactions, boost commercial building construction, and increase commercial property values,” says Kershner.

The full report is available at http://www.architecture2030.org/pdfs/theCREsolution.pdf

 


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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.


 
09/29/2014

Academic achievement tied to responsible reporting habits

09/26/2014

Survey shows people more careful, less satisfied in public washrooms.

09/25/2014

A new study shows that switching natural gas for coal will not significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions being produced. 

09/24/2014

A new study shows the carbon emission reduction policies individual states have adopted are yielding results.

09/23/2014

A recent survey of industry professionals indicates that investment in energy efficiency projects will increase over the next year.

09/22/2014

Fort Carson in Colorado is well on its way to reaching the goal of net-zero energy by 2020. 

09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

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