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Sandisk's energy savings go through the roof
November 20, 2015
Maximizing environmental and cost savings through energy audits and tax incentives
When it was time for a new roof system at the Headquarters of SanDisk the facilities team of Joe French and Rick Friedman reviewed several types of roof systems and accepted bids from multiple qualified contractors. One of the main drivers of the project was upgrading the roof system while maximizing the energy efficiency. SanDisk was in the process of finishing a campus wide upgrade to their lighting, HVAC and other energy related systems at the time.
Eventually a Fluid Applied Membrane with high reflectivity was chosen. The Fluid Applied Membrane provided multiple benefits to the facility including lack of disruption to operations, multi-phased installation and an increased energy savings. The reflective roof surface saves an average of 10% on the HVAC costs by not allowing heat to penetrate into the building, and there are also additional savings of increased efficiency of the HVAC systems due to a lower air temperature at the roofing surface. The increased efficiency of the HVAC means the system does not have to work as hard to lower the intake care. It also means less long term maintenance for HVAC compressors and motors. The Fluid Applied Membrane comes with a 10 Year NDL Labor & Materials Warranty backed by the manufacturer. The roof system also has the added benefit of allowing future roof installations without voiding the warranty or integrity of the roof. Due to its low reflectivity the existing roof will longer as it does not continue to break down from the suns UV.
During the process Sandisk worked closely with Platinum Roofing, Waterproofing & Energy to maximize energy rebates. SanDisk was provided estimated energy savings calculations, tax incentive calculations and an energy audit. Platinum worked with Sandisk to help them realize a rebate of $1.80 per square foot by qualifying the project for a 179D Tax Deduction. Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179 or Bonus Depreciation, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses - and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.
The 179D Tax Deduction is expected to expire at the end of 2014 but may be extended. Recent completed upgrades in 2014 or prior may also still qualify for a 179D Tax Deduction.