“What they can do is, like I said, kind of bake it into their proposals to say we are expecting you to meet these energy efficiencies to qualify for the 179D benefit. They also should be looking at revisiting both new buildings and rehabs to factor this into their bid process and into their design process to make sure that they are taking advantage of this benefit from the government. They want to see the energy savings will be meaningful in the long run.”

Whether it be the “baked-in” or retrofit approach, organizations can consider these factors when working with their designers to create a facility. This can take place both in their bidding and design phases for potential projects. This is all to improve energy efficiency within their facilities, and the benefits from doing so are twofold. That is, the tax benefits from 179D and overall energy savings.

“It is a win for everybody,” Zerbe says. “A win for the hospital with lower energy costs, a win for the designers with getting the allocated tax deduction and a win for the environment with having reduced energy requirements.”