Rewards for Innovation: How Research and Development Tax Credits Propel Innovation in the Green Building Industry


This presentation is designed to explain the newly expanded Research and Development Tax Credit and how it is utilized to increase innovation by building designers, engineers and equipment manufacturers in the High Performance and Green Building Industry. We will discuss how the credit allows for increased experimentation with new energy technologies and green design methods, and how to identify these eligible activities. We will discuss how equipment manufacturers developing new or improved green technologies or conforming to LEED standards use the credit to relay the risks associated with innovation. We will also explain how designers and end-users that incorporate these new technologies and methods into their processes can ease the initial cost of implementation through the tax credit.

We will provide new strategies created by the legislative update for companies at all stages of the technology chain to use this credit to make their product or process more effective, and High Performance building and equipment designer case studies which show these successes.

Presented By

Daniel Audette, P.E., C.E.M.
Senior Energy Engineer
R&D Tax Savers

Daniel Audette, PE, CEM is a Senior Energy Engineer with R&D Tax Savers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University, and is a Licensed PE, Certified Energy Manager and LEED GA.

He is the co-author of numerous articles on building and renewable energy equipment related tax incentives, published in Building Operating Management, UNIT Magazine, Green Lodging News, International Parking Institute, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, and Thomson Reuters.  He has presented on designer tax incentives throughout the country to hundreds of corporations, manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms, accounting firms, and numerous national utility and professional educational events.