Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. NLB articles below.
The continued uptick in construction activity, while slow, seems steady, but nonresidential construction is not faring as well. Advance data for the second quarter of 2012 indicates an almost 4% drop on an annualized basis, in part because of a significant decline in publicly funded infrastructure investment. However, commercial construction is growing slowly.
Some 500 million T12 fluorescent tubes are still being illuminated in U.S. buildings every day. That will start to change on July 1, 2012, however, when commonly used T12s will no longer be manufactured in—or imported to— the United States.
The end of the tunnel appears to be about nine or so months away. The light there is, thankfully, not from an oncoming train. Or so it seems.
By qualifying for the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD), commercial lighting system owners can derive a tax benefit to help offset the cost of a new lighting system or lighting system improvement, up to 60¢ per square foot.
The July 1, 2010 date marks the last step of a multi-step phase-out that began on July 1, 2005, the date when ballast manufacturers could no longer sell T12 magnetic ballasts for use in new fixtures with full wattage T12 lamps.