Tax Credits and LEED Points

In addition to the many environmental benefits, PorterSIPs can also help your project or home qualify for tax credits and LEED points. PorterSIPs are an engineered green product. This is why: OSB (Oriented Strand Board) which makes up both “skins” of the panel, is made from renewable resources (mostly fast growing species like Aspen) and it requires much less energy to produce than other structural building systems. SIPs are also fabricated in a controlled environment, allowing greater efficiency than site-built framing. The NAHB estimates that the construction of a 2000 sq. ft. home produces 7,000 lbs. of waste. SIPs have the ability to drastically reduce the waste generated during construction by using advanced optimization software and automated fabrication technology, ensuring the most efficient use of material. Read about why PorterSIPs are truly sustainable.

It’s easy to see why PorterSIPs offers a final product that is established as green, innovative, and environmentally responsible. To find out more about how your project can specifically qualify for LEED Points and Federal Tax Credits, contact your local sales representative. Read more: LEED Green Building Guidelines.

Tax Credits & Deductions

Homeowners: You can find continually updated information regarding Energy Star qualified tax credits at Energy Star’s website. Also, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a resource on state, local, utility, and federal incentives & policies focused on energy and energy efficiency. Visit DSIRE’s website to learn more. The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) is another resource designed to give homeowners information on federal income tax incentives. Visit TIAP’s website to learn more.

Homebuilders: Visit the IRS’ website or contact your local sales representative to learn how to qualify for and claim your project-specific tax credits.

Building Owners: You are eligible to receive a federal tax credit of up to $1.80 per square foot on new and existing commercial buildings when you can demonstrate a 50% heating, cooling, water heating, and interior lighting savings, as designed to meet ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial tax credits are also available. Visit Energy Star’s website to learn more.

LEED Points

What is LEED? LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant outfit, and significant retrofit.

LEED For Homes: A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. PorterSIPs can help you receive up to 46 points in the LEED for Homes category, making your project instantly certified. No other building product can offer you as many points as PorterSIPs can.

Certified: 45 Points Minimum
Silver Certification: 60 Points Minimum
Gold Certification: 75 Points Minimum
Platinum Certification: 90 Points Minimum

LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations: The LEED for New Construction Rating System is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories. PorterSIPs can earn you up to 39 points in the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations category.

Certified: 40-49 Points
Silver Certification: 50-59 Points
Gold Certification: 60-79 Points
Platinum Certification: 80 Points and Above

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