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.
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.
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.
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.
27 Jan 2016
This joint guidance from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and RICS provides advice to construction professionals who are RICS members engaged in the practice of project monitoring.
13 Mar 2013
Provides best practice guidance for real estate managers so that clients receive objective advice consistent with internationally recognised standards.
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.
14 Mar 2017
This guidance note provides a professional practitioner or individual commissioned to undertake a survey with outlined guidance on fulfilling elements of a client's brief, along with unique aspects arising from the myriad of asset type and their usages.
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.
04 Jan 2017
This guidance note explains matters which should be considered by the Agent and the Client in order to complete the Model Agreement for the provision of rural estate management services.
23 Sep 2015
This guidance note is intended for RICS members practising in the infrastructure sector, either providing services to an infrastructure client or working within an infrastructure client organisation.
This RICS guidance note sets out how the role of the commercial manager is both expanding and deepening in the fast evolving field of infrastructure.
06 Jan 2014
This guidance note was originally available here in digital format separately from the Red Book. With effect from 6 January 2014 this guidance note is incorporated in the RICS Valuation - Professional Standards January 2014.
25 May 2011
Including a glossary of relevant terms, this note offers guidance for valuers who are instructed to provide market value, or market rent, for properties used as data centres.
20 May 2015
This guidance note covers the valuation of intellectual property (IP), a subset of intangible assets. Its purpose is to expand on the IVS 2013 and the Red Book in order to clarify the legal, functional and economic characteristics of IP valuers should consider and report on in an IP valuation.
21 Apr 2016
This guidance note is a global revision of the first edition guidance note published in 2011. It identifies additional matters that valuers need to take into account when valuing natural resource wasting assets, such as mineral deposits, landfill and waste disposal sites.
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