Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Energy & Environment

  • News Capitol Hill Update ̶ Bipartisan POWER Act would include 30 percent tax credit for contractors

    SMACNA is pleased that a bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced the Power Efficiency and Resiliency Act (POWER Act) in June. The bills (S. 1516/H. 2657) would ensure that industrial energy efficiency technologies—combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP)—are treated in a manner that is on par with other renewables covered by the investment tax credit.

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  • 2015 Issue Sheets 7. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act (S. 535) and The Better Buildings Act (H.R. 873)

    QCA Position: Congress should pass S. 535 / H.R. 873. Introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R – OH) and Jean Shaheen (D – NH) and Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). The Act would provide enhanced financing mechanisms and additional technical assistance to help residential, commercial, public and industrial facilities achieve greater building and operating energy efficiency as well as incentivize new technologies to reduce energy waste and lower operational costs. The Issue: According to the Energy Information Agency, the combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial facilities total more than $200 billion, and ...

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  • 2015 Issue Sheets 2. Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 720)

    Quality Construction Alliance Position: Congress should pass S. 720 introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R – OH) and Jean Shaheen (D – NH) or its House companion bill awaiting introduction by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The Act would spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, public and industrial sectors of our economy to achieve greater building and facilities operating energy efficiency as well as incentivize job creation. Issue: According to the Energy Information Agency, the combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial facilities total more than $200 billion, and more ...

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  • Welcome news! Bipartisan POWER Act introduced in House and Senate

    The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) is pleased that for the first time a bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced the Power Efficiency and Resiliency Act (POWER Act) last week. The bills (S. 1516/H. 2657) would ensure that industrial energy efficiency technologies—combined heat and power, and waste heat to power—are treated in a manner that is on par with other renewables covered by the investment tax credit. SMACNA has long supported the investment tax credit (ITC) and other tax incentives for the construction of energy efficient power plants, combined heat and power facilities (CHP) ...

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  • Issue Briefs Commercial Building Tax Credit

    Buildings consume 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity in the United States, half of which is consumed by the commercial building sector. That’s more than $170 billion in energy bills per year for the commercial sector alone. SMACNA strongly supports increasing the energy efficiency of America’s commercial buildings.

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  • Issue Briefs Smart Buildings Act

    SMACNA supports the Smart Buildings Act, legislation amending the depreciation recovery period for energy efficient mechanical equipment for HVAC systems to improve environmental quality and reduce building operation expenses while saving energy.

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  • Issue Briefs Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Green Buildings

    SMACNA urges Congress to enact aggressive efficiency and alternative energy tax incentives, green building grant programs, high efficiency infrastructure investments and a federal procurement policy that encourages far greater energy efficiency and sustainability in commercial, residential and public buildings.

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