Architecture and Building Services Design

Architecture and Building Services Design

Some architecture projects are unique and present numerous design challenges, which is why architecture firms typically spend a majority of their time in the conceptual/schematic design, design development, and construction document phases. Many architecture firms undertake this activity on a daily basis, but fail to take advantage of R&D Tax Relief.  What may seem as typical day-to-day design challenges during these phases, may actually qualify as R&D related expenses.

Examples of areas where Qualifying R&D Activities could exist:

  • Conceptualising ideas and designs;
  • Adapting to site features and orientations;
  • Developing and designing plans;
  • Generating construction documents;
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) activities;
  • Producing new or innovative designs to meet BREEAM certification or energy efficient specifications;
  • Collaboration and evaluation between consultants on means and methods for constructability; and
  • Engaging in value engineering studies.


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