HUD Introduces Free Benchmarking and Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) Updates

HUD Introduces Free Benchmarking and Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) Updates

In a matter of weeks, HUD introduced free water and energy benchmarking services for multifamily property owners and updates to the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). Here are the highlights…

Free Benchmarking

How much water and energy is a multifamily property using? How does that compare to similar properties? Are there ways to save water and energy while promoting a healthier environment? What funds are available to help upgrade water and energy systems? HUD-assisted multifamily property owners may get answers via HUD’s Free Energy and Water Benchmarking Service.

Owners of properties participating in in HUD’s multifamily assisted housing programs, including Section 8 project-based rental assistance, Section 202 housing for low-income elderly, Section 811 housing for low-income persons with disabilities, and Section 236 preservation programs are eligible to take advantage of HUD’s free energy and water benchmarking service.

Program participants receive information about a property’s energy and water consumption, how they compare to similar properties’, and savings recommendations; Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking analytics; and training, technical assistance, and other resources.

Data can help property owners identify ways to improve energy efficiency, foster a healthier living environment, and promote green investments. It can also help identify upgrades that may be eligible for GRRP grants and loans, as well as other funding sources. Finally, it may help satisfy benchmarking requirements for multifamily properties implemented by local jurisdictions and as part of the general GRRP benchmarking requirement.

HUD is estimating that up to 9,000 properties may participate. Leidos, HUD’s contractor, will be reaching out to eligible property owners over the coming months. Property owners and management agents can also email their interest in participating and property ID(s) to Then, watch for official communications from Leidos.

GRRP Updates

On January 8, HUD issued Housing Notice 2024-01 increasing the flexibility and administrative ease of the GRRP. It applies to current GRRP award recipients and those selected during upcoming application periods. Changes allow for more funds to be available during construction; update Surplus Cash Loan terms; provide guidance on the purchase of renewable energy credits; specify when Davis-Bacon wage rates lock in and provide guidance for owners entering into project labor agreements with unions; and include administrative updates, and more.

2024 GRRP application deadlines are January 31 and April 30 for Leading Edge; February 28 and May 30 for Comprehensive; and March 28 and July 31 for Elements. For more information and details, including new FAQs, visit GRRP on For background on the GRRP, click here.

As you focus on these HUD programs and updates, remember that you can count on RBT CPAs when it comes to accounting, tax, audit, or business advisory needs. Please feel free to give us a call.


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Serve Up Savings with Tax Credits for Your Business

Serve Up Savings with Tax Credits for Your Business

A tax credit reduces the amount of taxes you owe, dollar for dollar. Tax credits are available at the federal and state levels. Here are some highlights about of two tax credits every brewer/distiller/distributor business should explore.

New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Production Credit

Starting tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, distributors may be eligible for a higher Alcoholic Beverage Production Credit than what was available in the past. Registered distributors who produced beer, cider, wine, or liquor in New York are eligible if during the tax year 60 million or fewer gallons of beer; 60 million or fewer gallons of cider; 20 million or fewer gallons of wine; and 800,000 or fewer gallons of liquor were produced.

For the first 500,000 gallons produced in the state, the tax credit equals:

  • $.14/gallon of beer or cider
  • $.30/gallon of wine
  • $2.54/gallon of liquor with alcohol by volume (ABV) not less than 2% and not more than 24%
  • $6.44/gallon of liquor with an ABV above 24%

For amounts in excess of 500,000 gallons, the credit equals $.045/gallon up to 15 million additional gallons of beer, cider or wine and up to 300,000 additional gallons of liquor. During an audit you may be required to prove entitlement to the tax credit by providing copies of various forms (click here for a list.) For more information about the credit, click here.

Federal R&D Tax Credit

The Federal R&D tax credit reduces federal tax liability dollar for dollar; unused amounts can be carried forward for 20 years. It can apply to a range of qualifying research activities (QRAs) in all size businesses and across numerous industries. Qualified small businesses can use the R&D credit to offset quarterly payroll taxes up to $500,000.

When it comes to breweries and distilleries, they may be eligible for R&D tax credits for activities relating to brewing and distillation processes that result in product changes; updating fermentation processes or changing ingredients to develop new flavors; streamlining processes for product improvements, waste reduction and efficiencies; new sustainable and eco-friendly practices; and more. Credits are based on money spent on employees’ time; contractor expenses; related supplies and equipment; and more.

For more information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, click here. (Kubiak, Lauren. “How to Qualify for and Claim the R&D Tax Credit.” November 13, 2023.

Please note: the preceding information provides highlights related to tax credits; there’s a lot more involved impacting eligibility, documentation, and such. RBT CPAs accounting, audit, tax, and business advisory professionals can help you make the most of the tax credits available to your business. To learn more, give us a call.


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