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Air barrier understanding is key to major new construction tax credits via The Inflation Reduction Act

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law, making the new bill the largest in U.S. history focused on combating combat climate change. The act provides unique opportunities for the construction industry. Commercial building owners who can demonstrate that their buildings exceed ASHRAE 90.1 by a minimum of 25% can receive a tax deduction of $2.50 per square foot. The deduction increases by 10-cent increments for each percentage point improvement up to 50%, or $5.00 per square foot.

Air, vapor, and water resistive barriers are critical to achieving these building energy efficiency goals. But even industry experts confuse air, vapor, and water resistive barriers. Some materials function as a water resistive barrier and cannot be considered an air barrier. Some materials however function as all three barriers. It’s confusing.

Understanding the differences (and similarities) between these barrier types is essential to designing and installing an effective building envelope. You can discover more here. We’ve also produced a guide to help you understand IRA nuances and requirements so that you can qualify for maximum benefit.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts that will help you achieve an airtight whole building.

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