Claiming the $2,000 Federal Tax Credit for 2016

EnergyLogic assesses compliance with the Federal tax credit for every home that we inspect. In addition, we provide a tax credit compliance report that is signed for every home that is tested.208-9x463-2artboard-1800x1200

Over the past several years EnergyLogic has had to reissue these tax credit documents due to software updates that have also changed the physical look and content of the document.  Due to the need to reissue the reports, we were able to issue new passing tax credit certificates and lump them together for your convenience. The reports were typically sent in an email at the beginning of the year or a builder login was issued directing you to pull these reports from our DASH data system.

For 2016 homes, EnergyLogic will not need to re-run tax credit certificates or make any adjustments to the certificates you have already received. Therefore, builders will not be receiving an email containing all passing tax credits. EnergyLogic has already emailed all final report packets to you at the time the home has been rated and certified. Within those final report packets, you will find the tax credit certificate. It clearly states on the tax credit certificate if the home passes or not.  In addition, the tax certificate is signed only for the homes that pass.

Link to Sample Tax Credit Report

Builder Login for EnergyLogic’s DASH database
You can also access these final report packets using your builder login to EnergyLogic’s DASH database. Contact Tracy Larson at tracy@nrglogic.com if you need directions, username and password for the DASH builder login.  Tracy will be sending you a spreadsheet in the next few weeks that lists all homes that qualified for the tax credit which will narrow down the list of packets you’ll need to locate and make your search easier.

Link to document on how to search and locate tax credit documents packets in DASH

The Federal tax credit expired on January 1st, 2017.  As in the past, Energylogic will continue to issue tax credit certificates for all homes that we inspect. We will do this because historically every time the tax credit has expired it has been re-authorized and made effective retroactively to the date it expired.  For example, on January 1st, 2015 the tax credit expired. In December of 2015. the tax credit was re-authorized to be effective from January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2016.  The only way we can be sure that your homes will be able to get the credit if the tax credit is re-authorized is to keep track of whether they pass or not at the time of the final inspection.  We strongly recommend that your office file the tax credit certificates for those homes that pass and are signed off on, so you are prepared to file for your credit if and when re-authorization occurs.

At this time, because nobody knows if re-authorization will occur, EnergyLogic does not recommend changing your building specification to optimize for the tax credit.

Additional information regarding the rebate structure and requirements is located on our website.

Robby Schwarz

 

Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Efficiency Beyond the Home Itself – a better use of your mouse!

black-and-white-cup-hand-mugOn the hunt for tax credits? Certificates to add to your closing packets? Code compliance documentation?

You asked and we answered. DASH by EnergyLogic has created instant access with ability to download reports. It is fast and completely eliminates the cat-and-mouse game of chasing paperwork. Reports, certificates as well as other documentation specific to a home’s performance can be accessed directly from our system, using your own individual and builder-specific login.

Sending emails in search of items or searching within your own email to find something you may have received is inefficient and time-consuming. You will no longer need to wait, as you can now log in, search by address and retrieve the documentation you need!

Tracy Larson

 

Contact Tracy Larson for your USER ID, password and a how-to guide.

Email Tracy

Happy DASHboarding!

Release the Hounds, and our Latest DASH Update

Dash_Resource_Logo4C copyJuly’s DASH release included many new and exciting features for DASH.  Several of the new features came as requests from our DASH users. Those include, but are not the only:

  • The new Home Performance Summary Report is available in the Inspection Form system. Generate the report after the final inspection has been completed and email it directly to your client from DASH.
  • Set the time zone on your system to your time zone so that all of the DASH tracking and auditing are recorded in your local time zone.  Access the time zone setting form the Admin screen-Other icon.
  • Eight additional user-definable checkboxes have been added to use on the individual service records:  four checkboxes for the Builder Services, and four for the Existing Homes Services.  Set them up from the Admin screen-Checkboxes icon.
  • Your business log can now be embedded in the email templates that DASH uses to generate emails to your clients.  Check this out in the Admin screen-Email Settings-Email Signature Images section.
  • Specify whether Environmental Programs should display on the job inspection reports.  When you set up an Environmental Program, there is a new question: “Show this program on reports?” to set as “yes” or “No”.   This setting determines whether the inspection report should contain information regarding that particular Environmental Program (IECC 2012 Code, for example).
  • Easy access to DASH documentation. You can now access all of the documentation and videos regarding using DASH from the new Resources link at the top right of your DASH screen.  Look for the toolbox icon:

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These features represent just a few of the features and upgrades from the July release.  Hope you find them as helpful as those who requested them. We think you will.

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Kathleen Henning
Software Manager
EnergyLogic and DASH

 

Jilted

When my daughter and her first real boyfriend broke up, I said, “Honey, it’s not that he’s a bad person, but he’s not the right person for you. He doesn’t see your complexity and your depth. When you’re in the right relationship, you’ll not only feel appreciated and seen, you’ll both be able to be the best people you can be. In a good relationship, you help each other grow.”

But you know how it’s easier to give advice to others than to give it to yourself?DashByEL_LogoRGB

When I first got the message, I was a little heartbroken. Our DASH client—a client we loved! A client on whom we had lavished attention!—was leaving us. And for what? For a come-hither CRM that doesn’t even come close to the depth, the breadth, the specificity, the thoughtfulness of DASH.

IMG_1683As it turns out, our main cheerleader on our clients’ team had left, and so for some time they weren’t really using DASH well or fully. They just couldn’t take advantage of DASH’s complexity and depth. And they weren’t right for us for another reason—our best clients make DASH better by using it. They are committed to the same things we are at EnergyLogic—data, efficiency and consistency, industry specific process and best practices. DASH is very flexible, and we learn a lot by seeing how our peers use DASH to run their companies—and when they have a fabulous idea or a new need, we design it into our software. The relationships with our clients allow DASH to be the best software it can be.

The next day, I walked in on a demo with a new client who was thanking Kathleen profusely for all the thought and care that has gone into developing DASH. They’d been searching for solutions, he said, cobbling together systems—and here it was, already complete. Pleased, of course, Kathleen thanked him for the appreciation, but said it would never be complete. “Our industry is complicated, and always changing. We need to be constantly growing as well.” With the right relationships and the right clients, we will.

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Wynne Maggi
President
EnergyLogic, Inc.

We’re Not iRate Anymore!

Introducing DASH!

We’re still impassioned by building science, we’re still crazy about running the best business possible, but we’re not iRate. Why? We’ve grown up as an industry, and so has our software. As we grew and changed, and as our industry matured, we revised our software to manage those changes.

We thought the name iRate was funny. (Actually, Robby Schwarz and I still think it’s funny, but it seems that we are the only ones…) In 2005 we started working with SCC Data, we built iRate to run our company—or I should say, we have been building iRate to run EnergyLogic as long as we have been a company.  Seven years ago, Steve Byers and I merged our company, EnergySmiths, with Robby Schwarz’ company, BuiltWright. We were faced with the daunting task of unifying our processes—our staff, scheduling, billing, inspection data, quality assurance–across three offices and spanning the whole state of Colorado. In August of 2006, we let go of the side of the pool (in this case, the messy collection of spreadsheets and file folders and sticky notes we’d cobbled together over the years to corral all that data) and from that moment forward, we did absolutely everything in iRate. Our efficiency skyrocketed, and so did our service to our builder clients. We had no more AWOL paperwork, no missed or duplicate billing, and we could schedule the whole state from our tiny office in Berthoud. Everyone on our team knew where everyone was—so if one rater finished early, he/she could easily see who out there needed a hand. And since all our data about every address was available to everyone, anyone on our staff could answer client questions about any address, done anytime and anywhere.

As our company evolved, our software grew too. iRate literally grew up with us. As we refined our field processes, we added fields to iRate to allow for the state of the art energy ratings we were committed to producing. As our billing processes grew more sophisticated, we refined iRate’s billing module that integrates with QuickBooks. As we got serious about existing home auditing, and energy retrofitting, iRate got serious about managing those activities. As scheduling grew more complicated, iRate morphed to meet the challenge. And as our industry professionalized, and demands by RESNET for quality assurance and file registration became more specific, and programs like Energy Star even more data intensive, iRate grew also. We have literally not taken a week off of software development in seven years—every week brings a new idea, or a new challenge, so every week we work on crafting iRate to do what we need it to do—run our entire business, a control center, a dashboard for everything we do, all in one place.

In two weeks we’ll launch the biggest software update we’ve ever released. And with it, our new name, DASH. You’ll see a complete revision of the way that data is collected and managed and reported. You’ll see awesome new industry specific features like the ability to prepopulate a REM/Rate template and calculate targets. You’ll see the same commitment to flexibility, just more of it—you can revise inspection items and lists to fit the way YOU do your work; you can create and track your own programs; design custom work-flows for every program; you can build your own forms. And you’ll like  the new technical features that allow you and your team to be even more efficient—for example, you’ll be able to upload multiple photos directly from your iPhone.

And so we’re not iRate. Now we’re DASH, a name we hope conveys both lighting fast pace and the tight control necessary to run our energy rating and auditing company—and yours.

If you’d like a demo of  DASH, Kathleen (kathleen@nrglogic.com) would be happy to show you around. An no, that is not Kathleen in the tights pictured below!

 


Wynne Maggi
President
EnergyLogic, Inc.