SR&ED tax credit claims

Qualifying expenditure in sustainable construction.

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SR&ED tax credit claims

Qualifying expenditure
in sustainable construction

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Digital Modelling

Digital modelling to understand the building physics, structural integrity, thermal and environmental performance of a proposed structure is a frequent contributor to SR&ED tax credit claims. Similarly, digital modelling to understand the impact of a building at street level such as analysing downdraught effects of high rise buildings. 

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Cross-laminated timber

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered wood panel building materials frequently constitute an element of SR&ED tax credit claims where testing has taken place to determine its suitability in substitution of conventional building materials, particularly in contexts where CLT is not normally used such as high-rise construction.

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Technology in public realm projects

Projects in which advanced technology has been embedded into stadiums and other public venues are a common component of SR&ED tax credit claims. Whether it is UV lighting solutions to improve the efficiency of turf maintenance, sustainable drainage systems or pedestrian flow modelling to enhance footfall and fan experience, many of these initiatives qualify under the SR&ED tax credit program.

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Nuclear construction

Construction projects in the nuclear power sector often appear in SR&ED tax credit claims. Work undertaken on small modular reactors (SMRs) and other cutting edge nuclear projects are viewed particularly favourably by the CRA but the preponderance of rigorous testing in the sector contributes to the high number of nuclear construction claims more generally.

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LEED certified projects

Projects that meet or exceed LEED standards typically contain various areas of qualifying expenditure. For example, research and testing to analyse the thermal properties of building materials and design under different climate conditions. Other areas of qualifying expenditure include the integration of sustainable sub-systems to minimise carbon emissions and water usage.

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Sustainable drainage solutions

Drainage and water recycling systems that are environmentally beneficial or reduce long-term detrimental damage often require significant testing and research that qualifies under the SR&ED program. For example, where contractors and engineers use statistical models to calculate runoff volumes and flow rates from hard surfaces or introduce systems to reduce water pollution.

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