The 'Black Book' is a suite of guidance notes that define good technical standards for quantity surveying and construction professionals. These standards are essential development tools for younger professionals working through their APC and useful guides to best practice for more experienced professionals.
Clear standards against which professionals can perform their duties eliminate ambiguity and promote best practice; they also help to ensure clients receive objective advice, delivered in a professional manner and with a consistent approach, and allow the benchmarking of services when employing professionals.
Further standards are added to the 'Black Book' as times goes on. Once completed, it will provide a legacy of technical information for RICS members.
Please be aware that a number of these guidance notes contain material and guidance which are rendered out of date by the recent publication of various documents, such as CDM 2015, JCT 2016 and the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, and as a result of evolving construction contract case law, such that revisions are necessary to the existing text. Please proceed with caution when referring to and citing these guidance notes and take professional advice as necessary if in doubt. The revised editions of these guidance notes will be published as soon as possible.
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Please be aware that guidance notes below contain some material which is in the process of being updated for revisions to the CDM Regulations, RIBA Plan of Work, and updates to the JCT, NEC and FIDIC suites.
Professionals are made aware of these impending revisions in order that they first check the most up to date position before electing to act in accordance with these guidance documents.
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01 Jun 2011
This guidance summarises what is meant by ‘acceleration’ in the construction industry; it also looks at how acceleration can be achieved and how it can be valued.
02 Aug 2013
This guidance note introduces surveyors and other professionals to the subjects of capital allowances and land remediation relief in a UK context.
12 Dec 2012
This global adaptation defines cash flow forecasting, before giving guidance on producing a useful forecast, explaining how to use it to assess progress on site, and analyse actual expenditure against forecast expenditure.
21 Mar 2016
The role of a commercial manager, and the commercial management functions performed, play a critical part in the commercial and financial success of a construction project or of any other business.
24 Apr 2012
Summarises what is meant by conflict avoidance and dispute resolution, identifying the key issues that all surveyors should understand in respect of these distinct and substantive areas.
09 Apr 2013
Summarises what is meant by the construction sectors before going on to review the various roles for the chartered quantity surveyor within the UK construction industry.
20 May 2013
Reviews security and performance documents normally associated with a construction project, noting the main types of document, the parties to them, their purpose and general terms.
25 Jul 2013
This guidance provides a summary of the purpose and process of both cost analysis and construction project benchmarking.
02 Mar 2015
This guidance note sets out the principles of cost reporting from the perspective of the quantity surveyor to the client during construction. This guidance note explains the purpose of cost reporting, the factors affecting outturn cost and explores the different formats and types of cost report.
12 Dec 2013
Aimed at construction professionals who manage defective construction work or those who have to address the consequences when it occurs.
08 Jul 2011
With reference to a variety of construction contracts, this note summarises the principal features of completion of construction works.
13 Dec 2010
Concerned with the tender process and procedure rather than procurement, this note provides guidance on perceived barriers to the wide-scale adoption of e-tendering within the construction industry.
10 Nov 2014
Delays occur on most construction projects, and always have done. At some point during a project, particular parts of the works, or the works as a whole, will not progress as quickly as planned, with the risk that the contractual completion date will not be met.
14 Dec 2015
This guidance note summarises what a final account is and how they are used to establish a final adjustment to the contract price. It is effective from 14 March 2016.
12 Aug 2015
Most construction contracts require interim payments to be paid to the contractor. This is to relieve the contractor of the burden of financing the whole of the works until completion; works which may take many months or years to complete.This guidance note is effective from 12 November 2015.
27 Mar 2015
This guidance note supports the work of chartered surveyors who assess risks and give technical advice to those who provide third-party finance on real estate developments.
15 Apr 2016
This guidance note summarises what is meant by a life cycle costing and whole life costing service for both new construction works and for the refurbishment of existing assets. This guidance is effective from 1 July 2016.
Examines the general principles of retention, including areas such as law; reasons for introduction within a contract; levels of retention, and how amounts are deducted, certified or released.
02 Jul 2014
This guidance note summarises what tendering is and how tendering processes are used to establish a contract price. It also reviews different types of tendering and negotiation strategies and their advantages and disadvantages. It seeks to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the tendering and negotiation processes involved in procurement.
26 Jun 2013
Reviews termination of contract, corporate recovery and insolvency primarily from the perspective of a chartered surveyor with a commensurate level of specialism.
04 May 2010
This guidance note summarises what is meant by ‘change’ and how it is valued under JCT, NEC and FIDIC forms of contract.
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