Published on March 15th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock


Increasing Tax Breaks for Public Buildings

money stock image The IRS has had tax deductions in place through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which allow taxpayers to deduct the cost of energy-efficient equipment installed in commercial buildings they own. But publicly-owned buildings aren’t taxed, and therefore, there is no additional tax savings to the building owner. However, the law allows the designer of the energy-saving portion of a public building to claim the tax credit.

Originally the term ‘designer’ was undefined, and it was unclear who could claim this deduction and how it could be applied, but the AIA has reported that the IRS has recently provided updated interpretation rulings that help clarify the Act and spell out how this rule may be applied.

The recently revised guidance now provides a definition: “A designer may include, for example, an architect, engineer, contractor, environmental consultant, or energy services provider who creates the technical specifications for a new building or an addition to an existing building that incorporates energy-efficient commercial building property.” The guidance also outlines the process that architects and others would have to follow to claim the deduction.

This could help provide additional incentive for architects to design and specify greener and more energy efficient buildings. The revised guidance will appear in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) 2008-17 dated April 7, 2008.

via: AIA’s government advocacy newsletter


The Washington Post January 29, 2012 30 MONDAY | 6 P.M.John de Graaf, national coordinator of Take Back Your Time (an organization challenging time, poverty and overwork), discusses and signs his new book, “What’s the Economy for, Anyway?: Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness” (written with David K. Batker), at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. go to site a practical wedding

7 P.M.Adam Johnson, a teacher of creative writing at Stanford University, reads from and discusses his new novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Meg Keene, creator of, discusses and signs her new book, “A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration,” at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, Va., 703- 300-9746.

31 TUESDAY | 7 P.M.Ayad Akhtar, a first-generation Pakistani American with an extensive theater background, reads from and discusses his first novel, “American Dervish,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

1 WEDNESDAY | Noon. The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress is celebrating the 110th birthday of Langston Hughes, the famed Harlem Renaissance poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist, with a reading of his work by Dolores Kendrick, the District’s poet laureate, and Evie Schockley, a poet and assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, in the Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. They will also discuss the influence Hughes’s poetry has had on their work. For details, call 202-707-5394.

Noon. Thomas S. Kidd, an associate professor of history at Baylor University, discusses and signs his new book, “Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots,” at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000. this web site a practical wedding

7 P.M. Simon Doonan, creative director and window display creator at Barney’s New York, chats about his new book, “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat,” at the Altitude Ballroom at W, 515 15th St. NW. A book sale and signing follow; RSVP at

7 P.M. Alec Wilkinson, a writer for the New Yorker, reads from and discusses his new book, “The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M.Dylan Ratigan, host of MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” and a former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg News, reads from and discusses his new book, “Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires From Sucking America Dry,” at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 “Eye” St. NW. Tickets are $10 each or two free with purchase of the book. For details, call 202-408-3100; to RSVP, visit

2 THURSDAY | 11:30 A.M.Zbigniew Brzezinski, formerly President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and currently a professor of foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his new book, “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power,” at a luncheon at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The event begins with a cash bar followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. and the lecture at 1 p.m. Admission is $30 for nonmembers, $25 for members and $10 for those attending the lecture only. Visit to RSVP.

6 P.M. Educator Ilchi Lee, founder of the Sedona Mago Retreat (a place for spiritual awakening) and originator of the Brain Education System Training, discusses his new book, “The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart,” at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-076. A book signing follows. Wristbands for the signing will be distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m. He will also speak on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. at One More Page Books, 703-300-9746.

5 SUNDAY | 2 P.M.Diane Ackerman, an award-winning essayist, poet and naturalist, reads from and discusses her most recent book, “One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing,” at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. A book signing follows; call 301-600-2828 or visit for details.

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