The simple answer is yes! cove.tool is part of getting the deduction since a design team needs to figure out which reduction would allow you to achieve the percentage reduction for each qualifying category. It is much easier to do this in the early stage of the project when you can run hundreds of models using machine learning to reduce the cost and maximize the energy savings. See here for how to run an optimization in cove.tool.

Below is a summary of the areas you can work on to maximize the tax credit. Play with these categories in the optimization.

At the end, an engineer would run a final compliance model from this software list to get the tax credit but using cove.tool would allow you to find the cheapest way to get the tax credit. Cove.tool is working toward final compliance energy modeling. Stay tuned for an update! At moment, the long answer is that it is not one of the approved software items but we're working on it.

For more information from the US Department of Energy see here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/179d-commercial-buildings-energy-efficiency-tax-deduction

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