For Immediate Release

03/07/2007

Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
 
U.S. Dept. of Energy Qualifies EnergyGauge Software for Calculating Tax Deduction
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has listed EnergyGauge Summit Premier as 
qualified software for calculating energy savings for the energy-efficient 
commercial building tax deduction under Internal Revenue Code §179D.  This easy-to-
use new software product also calculates LEED® building energy performance as well 
as energy code compliance. Released January 29 at the AHR EXPO, and approved this 
week by DOE, the software was developed by the University of Central Florida¿s 
Florida Solar Energy Center.

EnergyGauge Summit Premier offers automatic ASHRAE 2001 and ASHRAE 2004 reference 
building creation including the Building Performance Rating Method in Appendix G 
of the 2004 Standard.  Unlike other software that requires the user to create 
multiple building decks and make many changes to create a reference building 
according to code or IRS rules, EnergyGauge Summit allows users to simply enter 
basic information on the building they are evaluating.  The software then 
automatically creates a reference building, performs the necessary simulations and 
analysis and provides a report indicating qualification for the U.S. Energy Policy 
Act tax deductions for whole building energy savings.  The program will also 
determine if the building meets the IRS standard for partial envelope, equipment 
or lighting savings for those projects not seeking to meet the whole building 
performance level.

EnergyGauge Summit Premier is an advancement of a product that is used in Florida 
for commercial building code compliance by more than 1,500 users.  The new 
software includes nationwide climates and offers new automatic tax deduction 
features. The Windows-based program uses a DOE2 engine (originally developed by 
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with U.S. Department of Energy support) to 
perform an annual 8760-hour simulation (taking just a few seconds on typical new 
computers).

A free trial version of the new EnergyGauge Summit Premier software can be 
downloaded at www.EnergyGauge.com.   The software retails for $949 per license.

EnergyGauge
EnergyGauge energy analysis software is produced and distributed by the Florida 
Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida.  EnergyGauge is a registered trademark of FSEC.  FSEC has been conducting 
research on energy efficiency in buildings since 1980.  The center¿s mission is to 
research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida's and the nation's 
economy and environment and to educate the public, students and practitioners on 
the results of the research. More information on FSEC is available at www.fsec.ucf.edu.

AHR Expo and ASHRAE
The AHR Expo is the International Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating 
Exposition, held in conjunction with the American Society of Heating, 
Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineer¿s (ASHRAE) winter meeting. ASHRAE 
creates standards used internationally for building energy and ventilation 
performance such as ASHRAE 90.1 for commercial building energy performance. More 
information is available at http://www.ahrexpo.com/ and at 
http://www.ashrae.org/.

LEED
LEED is a registered trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) 
and represents The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green 
Building Rating System¿, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, 
construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. One of the key 
elements for earning points in the popular LEED rating system is the building¿s 
energy performance. For new buildings, the applicant can earn one LEED credit 
point for each 3.5% improvement in performance relative to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 
90.1-2004 using the Building Performance Rating Method in Appendix G of the 
Standard. More information on LEED is available at http://www.usgbc.org/.

Energy Tax Deduction
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) is the first effort of the United 
States government to address U.S. energy policy since the Energy Policy Act of 
1992. Among many other things, the 1,724-page law provides new tax incentives for 
a number of solar and energy efficiency measures including tax deductions for 
commercial buildings. This provision offers business taxpayers a deduction of 
$1.80 per square foot for commercial buildings that achieve a 50% reduction in 
annual energy cost to the user, compared to a reference building defined by the 
industry standard ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001. Energy costs refer only to heating, 
cooling, lighting and water heating, since only these uses are within the scope of 
the ASHRAE standard and within the control of the building designer. More 
information on the IRS procedure can be found at  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-
06-52.pdf.

Each of the three energy-using systems of the building ¿ the envelope, the 
heating, cooling and water heating system, and lighting system ¿ is eligible for 
one third of the incentive if it meets its share of the whole-building savings 
goal. Explicit interim compliance procedures are provided for lighting.

New construction in an existing building is also eligible for the tax deduction, 
with one-third of the deduction amount for new construction that affects the new 
energy-using system (such as lighting or heating, cooling and water heating).

Compliance is determined by third-party inspectors who review the plans and the 
actual in-place construction. Energy savings are determined by software that must 
be certified by the Department of Energy as meeting criteria of consistency and 
accuracy. EnergyGauge Summit has been listed as qualified software by the U.S. 
Department of Energy (http://www.eere.
energy.gov/buildings/info/qualified_software/).

FSEC
The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in 
the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, 
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, 
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy 
areas.  For more information about the center, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu or call the FSEC Public 
Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.