WASHINGTON, DC — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association Inc. (SMACNA) has endorsed H.R. 778, the Energy Efficiency Buildings Incentives Act of 2001. The legislation would spur the use of energy-efficient systems and appliances, such as air conditioners, by providing tax breaks to homeowners and businesses until 2007.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Cunningham (R-CA), and, according to SMACNA, could potentially reduce energy costs by anywhere from 20% to 50% over current use levels.

The association has also backed H.R. 2206, introduced by Rep. Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Terry (R-NE). This bill is expected to give homeowners and businesses a 25% tax credit to replace old, inefficient boilers and heating and cooling systems with Energy Star certified products.

Publication date: 07/16/2001