2009 - [Sustainable Concepts] Soy Seal and Federal Tax Credits
2009, vol. 71
Welcome to the February 2009 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "I think the environment should be
put in the category of our national security. Defense of
our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise
what is there to defend? "
-Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985
Lisa A. Swan
Federal Energy Tax Credits
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus
bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009) that made some significant changes to the energy
efficiency tax credits. The highlights are:
- The tax credits that were previously effective for
2009, have been extended to 2010 as well.
- The tax credit has been raised from 10% to 30%.
- The tax credits that were for a specific dollar
amount (ex $300 for a CAC), have been converted to
30% of the cost.
- The maximum credit has been raised from $500 to
$1500 for the two years (2009-2010). However, some
improvements such as geothermal heat pumps, solar
water heaters, and solar panels are not subject to
the $1,500 maximum.
- The $200 cap on windows has been removed.
Tax Credits for Consumers:
Tax credits are now available for home improvements:
Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings:
- must be "placed in service" from January 1, 2009
through December 31, 2010
- must be for taxpayers principal residence
- maximum amount is $1,500 in 2009 & 2010 for
most home improvements (geothermal heat pumps, solar
water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and windmills
are not subject to this cap)
- for record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer
Certification Statement, OR for windows, you can save
the ENERGY STAR label from your new windows
- improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your
2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) - use IRS Tax
Form 5695 (2009 version) - it will be available late
2009 or early 2010
- If you are building a new home, you can qualify
for the tax credit for photovoltaics, solar water
heaters, small wind systems and fuel cells, but
not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation,
roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters. More.
A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available
to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings
that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy
of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial
deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken
for measures affecting any one of three building systems:
the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling
systems. These tax deductions are available for systems
"placed in service" from January 1, 2006 through December
on "New Federal Energy Tax Credits" on Lisa's Blog.
Spray polyurethane foam insulation is an incredible
breakthrough in insulation for our homes, but one of
the downsides is the requirement for a certified dealer
However, BioBased Insulation has recently introduced
a soy based natural sealer that is based on the same
technology - in a can.
Soy Seal bio-based insulating foam sealant is spray
applied and expands to:
· Seal leaks
· Save energy
· Stop moisture
· Increase comfort
· Decrease carbon emissions
· Reduce heating & cooling costs-naturally
Soy Seal for Gaps & Cracks can be used to seal around
pipe penetrations, floor vents and more. Soy Seal for
Windows & Doors is specially formulated to repel water,
and it won't bow windows or doors.
Made from renewable, natural oils, Soy Seal exceeds
the USDA bio- based standards and meets the stringent
indoor air quality certification, GREENGUARD for Children
on this "Soy Seal" on Lisa's Blog
on May 30: Building Green
Building Green: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Join Design Forward's Lisa Swan in Glendale on May 30,
2009 for a Building Green seminar for home owners.
Class Description: Whether you are interested in a new
house, remodeling your existing home, or just adding
a few sustainable features, this innovative class will
give you an in depth review of green building and sustainable
architecture. Learn about solar and wind energy, wall
systems such as straw bale, insulated concrete forms
and foam insulation, natural and recycled materials,
efficient windows and appliances, and more. Also learn
how you can save money through State and local rebates.
Reference Class: SI011
Instructor: Lisa Swan is the owner of Design Forward,
a residential design firm, specializing in sustainable
and green projects. She is an Honors' graduate of the
Illinois Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of
Architecture and has an MBA from Norwich University.
Date & Time: May 30, 2009 9:30am - 12:30am
Cost: $35, plus $10 materials fee is payable to the
instructor in class.
Location: Glendale, CA - Garfield Campus of the Glendale
Register Begins March 1, 2009: http://www.glendale.edu/cse
on this article on Lisa's Blog
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