Guidance notes provide advice to practitioners on all aspects of the profession. Where procedures are recommended for specific professional tasks, these documents are intended to embody 'best practice'.
All practitioners must inform themselves of new and updated guidance notes within a reasonable time of their promulgation in order to remain professionally competent. When an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account any relevant guidance notes published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor acted with reasonable competence.
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11 Aug 2015
This guidance note should be used as a source of reference for quantity surveyors (QS) or cost managers when BIM has been implemented in the life cycle of a project. It offers an awareness of BIM and provides readers with recommendations for good practice when producing measurement outputs.
20 May 2011
Covering the stages of a project from inception to commencement on site, this note offers best practice guidance for property professionals involved in development management of construction projects.
04 Nov 2013
This guidance note draws valuers' attention to the need for particular care when undertaking valuation work on which various EU directives and regulations may impact.
11 Apr 2016
This guidance note explains the various steps that need to be considered if a green roof or wall is to be installed on a new building, or retrofitted onto an existing building.
30 Jul 2012
This RICS guide assists in reducing waste at lease end through valuing the materials used and trying to avoid waste through planning, agreement and shared responsibility.
30 Jul 2009
2009. Guidance on Environmental Performance for buildings in the property industry.
30 Nov 2016
This guidance is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the President of RICS or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute. It is also intended to assist the parties themselves and those acting for them by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
22 Sep 2014
This guidance note highlights international high-level principles around how to implement and use BIM in the design, construction and operation of our built environment.
18 Apr 2016
Focusing on the fundamental question of why projects fail, this guidance outlines some of the most commonly occurring reasons for failure and offers practical solutions in the context of applying the lessons learned.
31 Jul 2004
2004. RICS Australia best practice guidance note - written for the property professional involved in Make Good Works during or at the end of a lease term.
06 Nov 2014
This guidance note is designed for use by land, engineering and measured building surveyors who are acting in an advisory capacity and by survey knowledgeable clients who specify their own surveys.
23 May 2014
The main aim of this guidance note is to provide a framework of practical guidance for quantity surveyors on how to calculate embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
13 Mar 2013
Provides best practice guidance for real estate managers so that clients receive objective advice consistent with internationally recognised standards.
31 Jul 2012
The RICS 2012 Guidelines set out a structured approach to the subject and explain the key steps and techniques involved in developing good asset management strategies.
01 Sep 2007
Deals primarily with commercial and industrial property within New Zealand, it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the preparation and serving of Reinstatement Schedules.
25 Jun 2014
Outlines best practice in the planning and deployment of the measures needed to deliver appropriate and effective security.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
This publication is divided into three parts: a guidance note that focuses on high level FM strategy; a look at management functions; and appendices providing background information.
31 Jan 2011
2011. This guidance note examines the causes of subsidence, heave and landslip, as well as some of the other causes of building fractures in relation to policy cover and handling subsidence claims.
03 Jan 2017
This guidance note applies to RICS members who are either nominated by RICS or another adjudicator nominating body (ANB), or appointed directly by the parties, to adjudicate disputes relating to works carried out under a construction contract and works carried out under a contract to which the Construction Act does not apply, but under which the parties have agreed a contractual mechanism to enable them to adjudicate disputes.
01 Oct 2008
This comprehensive guide takes the surveyor through every stage of an advocacy role for a wide range of tribunals. A client copy of this practice statement is also available to download here.
19 Apr 2017
This guidance note applies to RICS professionals appointed to act as arbitrator in a dispute relating to construction works.
03 Oct 2013
Encompasses the wide range of physical, social, environmental and economic factors relating to sustainability that can impact on value of which valuers should be aware.
03 Feb 2009
Written for members involved with the purchase, sale, lease or management of commercial and industrial property, this note provides guidance on all aspects of the Technical Due Diligence process.
01 Feb 2009
2009. Best practice guidance for any property professional, owner, investor,occupier, manager, or lawyer involved in the purchase, sale, lease or management of commercial and industrial property.
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