Nelson Engineering Company is an active member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Several of our engineers have become trained in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles and are LEED AP certified
We help clients pursue green building tax deductions. LEED services we offer for both new and existing buildings include:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Material & Resources
  • Innovation in Upgrades, Operations and Maintenance

Commercial Building Owners Can Improve Cash Flow through Accelerated Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Improvements

On October 3, 2008, President Bush signed into law H.R. 1424 and extended the “Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction” as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The Act establishes a tax deduction for expenses incurred for energy efficient building expenditures made by a building owner. The deduction is limited to $1.80 per square foot of the property, with allowances for partial deductions for improvements in interior lighting, HVAC and hot water systems, and building envelope systems. This opportunity allows for the potential immediate expensing of costs that would otherwise be capitalized and recovered through depreciation over 27.5 or 39 years.
Certification of the property must be made by a qualified individual not related to the taxpayer claiming the deduction and who is properly licensed as a professional engineer or contractor in the jurisdiction in which the building is located. Our certified engineers understand the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System and provide our clients with the necessary guidance and documentation for this deduction.

In Related News:

Reflecting the tremendous growth of its green building certification platform, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is more than tripling its office space in Washington, DC, the nonprofit organization said Monday.
The move underscores the exponential growth of the green building industry and the LEED program, the nation’s most popular green building rating system. Since FY 2000, when LEED was introduced, USGBC’s membership has increased ten-fold to nearly 15,000 organizations. The firm now has separate LEED programs for many building sectors, such as residential, commercial, retail and schools, and multiple platforms within some of those sectors.
More than 10,000 projects are now awaiting LEED certification, compared to just 1,330 that have achieved the coveted designation, showing just how quickly – and recently – LEED exploded in popularity.