The construction industry is incrementally undergoing a transformation from a historically stable, static craft passed down through apprenticeship, to one that is more increasingly transformed by new technologies or techniques. These disruptive forces, combined with a cascade of effects from related construction fields undergoing similar change, have necessitated a more academic approach to construction overall.

This adjustment creates unique opportunities for the R&D Credit:

Environmental Design
A major new area of development in the industry, in some cases, entire development programs are defined by their impact on the environment.

New Technologies
In some cases, new construction materials, systems, robotic cutting and welding systems, software, and a host of other advances, can completely transform a segment of the industry.

Adaptation of New Systems and Tools
In some cases, new systems and tools require adjustments to field procedures. In such cases, changing or modifying a procedure can likely qualify.

Integrating Changing systems
It is increasingly likely that construction teams have to integrate diverse new systems, including air quality systems, electronic systems, complex prefabricated components, among others. Creating a process to do so can often qualify.