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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 28, 2019 02:53 PM
From: Representative Brian Sims
To: All House members
Subject: Sustainable Development and Manufacturing Tax Credit Package
 
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States. In an increasingly resource-deprived world, it pays to utilize building and manufacturing materials and processes that conserve natural resources and improve air and water quality—studies have shown that LEED certified buildings average a 28% savings in energy costs compared to a baseline facility and lead to improved productivity and employee satisfaction for those who work in such buildings. This is why I will be introducing a legislation package that incentivizes green building and manufacturing in Pennsylvania by establishing a series of tax credits for businesses and individuals while stimulating job growth in the Commonwealth.



Document #1

Introduced as HB1488

Description: The first piece of legislation would establish the High-Performance Buildings Tax Credit, which would provide a base tax credit of $35,000 to residential and commercial owners or tenants for either the construction of a green building or the rehabilitation of a non-green building into a green building.  Additional tax credits would be offered based on the size of the building and level of performance achieved.
 
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB1489

Description: The second piece of legislation would establish the Energy Star-Rated Product Manufacturing Tax Credit, which would enable manufacturers of Energy Star-rated products to apply for a tax credit against up to 20% of the capital, operation, and maintenance costs associated with manufacturing Energy Star Products. 
 
 

Document #3

Introduced as HB1490

Description: The third piece of legislation would establish the Energy Star-Rated Glass or Window Technologies Tax Credit, which would enable manufacturers of energy-efficient glass technologies to apply for a tax credit against up to 20% of the capital, operation, and maintenance costs associated with the manufacturing of their product. 
 
 

Document #4

Introduced as HB1491

Description: The final piece of legislation would establish the Green Roof Tax Credit, which would provide a tax credit against up to 25% of all costs initially incurred to individuals and businesses building and maintaining a green roof, defined as an addition to a roof that supports living vegetation and includes a synthetic, high-quality waterproof membrane, drainage layer, soil layer, and lightweight medium plants.