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IIBEC Encourages IRS to Use IIBEC-Credentialed Professionals to Oversee Commercial-Building Energy Efficiency Projects

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November 3, 2022

By John Boling

The Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently asked for comments on a series of questions to determine how to best implement Section 179(D)—the commercial-building energy efficiency tax credit that Congress recently passed.

IIBEC began its comments reminding the IRS that “one of the concerns that helped convince Congress to expand and revise Section 179(D) was that the tax credit was underused and in order to achieve nationwide energy efficiency goals, the provisions needed to be more flexible and accessible.” This theme runs through IIBEC’s comments.

IIBEC also took the opportunity to inform the government that a specialized building enclosure professional who is IIBEC-credentialed and has proven themselves ethically sound and professionally adept through examination, character reference, documented experience, and required continuing education hours is also qualified to design and/or oversee the construction of a building enclosure.

IIBEC concluded by requesting that the Department of Treasury and IRS consider adding IIBEC-credentialed individuals, including Registered Building Enclosure Consultant, Registered Roof Consultant, Registered Exterior Wall Consultant, and Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider professionals to the guidance of who can perform these tasks.