For more information on the Commercial Building Tax Deduction provision, visit:
Commercial Lighting Tax Deduction - This website, developed by the Lighting Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in cooperation with the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition, provides education about the lighting aspects of the Deduction and resources to help with its implementation. It was created as the first of a series of lighting education initiatives by the lighting industry addressing lighting quality and efficiency.
GBCI - Green Building Certification Institute -- Provides a directory of LEED Accredited Professionals
NLB - National Lighting Bureau
New Buildings Institute (NBI)
NBI has developed Advanced Lighting and Advanced Building Guidelines that can serve as tools in designing buildings and systems to exceed the 90.1 minimum levels.
NBI has also issued a new report on "Getting to 50%" at www.advancedbuildings.net. This report is a searchable database of in-depth information on 74 building projects whose energy performance reaches or exceeds 50% beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2001. The website includes a Lighting area specifically dedicated to providing detailed examples of how the efficiency of lighting can be increased in a variety of building types. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 specifically allows lighting to be considered as a separate system, offering a deduction of up to $0.60 per square foot.
California Energy Commission - For information on the 2005 California Non-Residential and Residential Alternative Calculation Method Approval Manual, go to http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2005standards/index.html
ASHRAE is leading a multi-year effort to develop Advanced Energy Design Guides for achieving 30% and 50% savings above the minimums in the 90.1 standard. Information on this activity can be found at http://www.ashrae.org/template/SecondaryLinkLanding/category/5826.
Construction management team specializing in steel buildings.