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What do Carbon Emissions Taxes Mean for Commercial Buildings?

Commercial buildings and carbon emissions taxes

Ever-rising taxes will soon include carbon emissions penalties for commercial buildings that fail to comply with current standards. Let us educate you on how to curtail those expenses before they impact your bottom line.

The truth is carbon emissions from commercial buildings are a major culprit in evading carbon neutrality. Gaining control of the carbon emissions from large, commercial glass buildings will provide a huge step forward towards carbon neutrality. Today, we are going to show you how to improve emissions and reduce penalties. We at NGS, are proud to be a part of building a greener future.

Energy Analysis

There are numerous ways that the transmission of heat into a building, and the number of emissions required to heat or cool that commercial building can be determined. Meter readers and building rendering software are the most effective. Meters provide data on how much heat is radiating through the glass in the building, as well as the level of decrease you can expect to incur as a result of applying window film. Additionally, building rendering software can provide details on KWH (kilowatts per hour) and BTU (British thermal units) usage. This savvy software can also predict the savings you can expect as a result of implementing the best options.


A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy equal to one kilowatt of power sustained for one hour and is used as a measure of electrical energy. This is the system used to determine your electric bill each month. Rarely does anyone double-check their monthly bill usage against the reader meter attached to their home. But if you own commercial buildings, this awareness can help you determine your next steps as we edge closer to carbon neutrality.


British Thermal Units (BTU’s) measure thermal energy. This unit of measurement is commonly used for air conditioners, solar hot water heating units, or electric heaters. Essentially, 1 BTU is the energy needed to heat or cool one pound of water. When applied to thermal energy from windows, we can determine the rate at which thermal heat enters a building. This allows us at NGS to recommend the best possible solar window film for your location. Thus, ensuring that you are as energy efficient as possible.

Infrared rays are responsible for approximately 45% of the heat that enters a building through glass windows. Blocking both IR (infrared) and UV (ultraviolet) rays from entering a building can and does help reduce the cost of cooling. Thus, your HVAC system isn’t in overdrive, and you use less electricity to run your commercial building. Consequently, the carbon emissions of your commercial building are reduced. This is necessary moving forward in order to prevent costly carbon emissions tax penalties.

Building Rendering

At NGS, we use a government-approved software system called eQuest. For those clients who are tech savvy, it’s an interesting process in which we are able to exactly duplicate your building(s), no matter what the architectural design. In depicting your building(s) shape, including its orientation to the sun, we can determine how much you will save with an appropriate solar window film installation. These savings include energy usage, potential carbon tax penalties, as well as ROI.

This practice is commonly referred to as building modeling and energy engineering. It has made impressive strides in implementing qualitative solutions toward energy efficiency. Furthermore, it provides quantitative data that allows the commercial building owner to see ahead of time how much money they can save over the long term. Thus, a property owner can confidently invest in solar window film knowing exactly how many months it will take for him to see a return on investment.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

When we run the numbers on carbon emissions from a single commercial building, the results are jaw-dropping. The larger the building, the greater the savings. Typically, CFOs see the value immediately. By utilizing solar window film on commercial buildings, owners can expect to see savings on energy usage, as well as to sidestep potential carbon emissions taxes.

By implementing the right solar window film for this building’s shape, orientation, and HVAC systems, a property owner can reduce the CO2 emissions exponentially for a single building. This is the point of carbon emissions taxation. If we need a motivator for implementing energy-efficient processes, hefty penalties will certainly get us there.

Carbon Emissions Taxes

When it comes to carbon neutrality, “Buildings are a big part of the problem we are trying to solve.” proclaims James Beale, CEO of NGS. Fortunately, NGS is in the perfect situation to help commercial building owners bring their properties up to par before the carbon emissions taxes begin. NYC passed Local Law 97 which begins carbon emissions tax penalties on business owners in 2024. Numerous other cities are following suit.

By providing specialized solutions created for each building and its circumstances, we at NGS are fueling the Carbon Zero by 2050 global goal. There’s never a better time to make serious improvements than before the tax penalties kick in. Waiting until after carbon taxes on buildings are implemented ensures that you will have to pay hefty and unnecessary fines. Let us know what we can do to help you get there. For more prevalent details regarding carbon emissions for commercial buildings watch our webinar, “What Carbon Taxes Mean for Commercial Buildings.”

If and when you are ready for a building assessment, we will use the most effective technology available to ensure that your building meets the latest carbon emissions standards. You won’t be disappointed. Spend a little now, to save a ton in the future – both in taxation penalties and carbon emissions.

What Carbon Taxes Mean for Commercial Buildings
Hosted by  James Beale
Learn how government officials are regulating carbon emissions in commercial buildings, and what you can do to reduce taxes.


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