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HVAC Coalition Targets Canadian Building Efficiency Tax Reform
Jan 17, 2013
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The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) joined with other Canadian associations to advocate for energy efficiency tax reform. The new organization is known as the Building Energy Efficiency Coalition (BEEC).

The new organization includes, HRAI and CIPH as well as:
* Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA)
* Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac)
* Canadian Construction Association (CCA)
* Thermal Insulation Association of Canada (TIAC)
* Association of Energy Engineers - Southern Ontario Chapter (AEE-SOC)
* Energy Services Association of Canada (ESA)
* Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC)

In a detailed submission to the Canadian Minister of Finance and the Minister of Natural Resources, BEEC makes the points that improved energy efficiency in buildings:
* creates large numbers of good jobs in Canada
* is the cheapest source of energy available
* reduces the need for costly new energy infrastructure
* reduces greenhouse gas emissions

All of which will help enable Canada to achieve its emission
reduction targets.

BEEC is seeking an expansion in the equipment included in CCA Class 43.2. Specifically the BEEC is seeking the inclusion of certain additional heat recovery ventilators and active solar equipment, as well as certain high efficiency heating equipment and high efficiency chillers.

BEEC pointed out that similar but more extensive provisions are in effect in the U.S. and the UK.

The BEEC believes that in most cases the revised tax treatment of the energy efficiency retrofit investments in Canada will increase government revenue. By saving substantial energy costs, the reform will enable the government to gain tax revenue from the increased net income of the building owner. That is in addition to taxes gained on the profits and wages earned by the manufacturers and installers of the energy efficient equipment, and on the increased wages earned the new workers who are hired.

Speaking for the BEEC, John Dickie said, "Energy efficiency tax reform will create a large number of good jobs, since the work must be done in Canada and much of the equipment is manufactured in Canada. Energy efficiency tax reform is a win-win proposition, good for workers, good for the environment, good for building owners and tenants, and positive for government revenue."

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