HOUSTON, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — alliantgroup is updating its proprietary software epFace to be compatible with EnergyPlus 8.7. First developed in 2014, epFace allows alliantgroup to optimize its energy modeling calculations, which are used to qualify the 179D tax deduction received by its clients. Architecture, engineering or construction firms that improve the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings are eligible for the 179D deduction, also known as The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction.
“alliantgroup has become the premier tax consultancy for the 179D deduction in part due to its state-of-the-art software epFace,” said Dhaval Jadav, CEO of alliantgroup. “Our software surpasses other industry standards for energy modeling and gives clients the most accurate and optimized results possible.”
The United States Department of Energy’s open-source software EnergyPlus provides plain data, and a graphical third-party interface software such as epFace is required for effective use of EnergyPlus to obtain the 179D deduction. epFace works with EnergyPlus by using its calculations to model building envelopes, internal loads (the heat generated by lights, equipment, people and other factors) and HVAC systems.
EnergyPlus version 8.7 was released in March of this year. The update added 25 new features for energy analysis and had 49 repairs to software defects. EnergyPlus also has an ever-growing catalog of information on HVAC, lighting and building envelope systems. Another highlight of the upgrade to 8.7 is the switch from Fortran to C++ with much faster simulation speeds.
Every six months, alliantgroup releases updates to EpFace to follow the updates to EnergyPlus. There are other EnergyPlus interfaces available, but only epFace is compatible with the newest version of EnergyPlus. alliantgroup continually updates its cutting-edge software epFace to stay ahead of the industry standard. The new epFace update automates certain energy modeling calculations to maximize accuracy.
HVAC technology continuously improves and very innovative HVAC systems are designed and installed in buildings every day. To represent these latest HVAC designs accurately, it is vital to use advanced energy modeling technology like epFace.
“Everything we do at alliantgroup is to provide our clients with the best possible service,” said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. “The newest updates to epFace are yet another example of us going above and beyond general accepted requirements to serve our clients. As a firm, we continue to stay ahead of the industry by using the most accurate software and methodologies available.”
alliantgroup works with American businesses to help them take advantage of federal and state tax incentives, credits and deductions. Many business owners are unaware that they are eligible for certain tax incentives that can reduce their tax liability and allow them to reinvest in their businesses. Therefore, alliantgroup’s mission is one of education and awareness; the firm instructs businesses on incentive programs that help them grow and stay competitive both domestically and abroad. The firm has helped over 20,000 businesses claim more than $5 billion since its founding in 2002 by its CEO Dhaval Jadav and COO Shane Frank. With headquarters in Houston and offices nationwide, alliantgroup employs over 700 people – all passionate about helping American businesses thrive.