Building Surveying Journal May–June 2016

Barney Hatt

Editor, Building Surveying Journal & Building Control Journal (RICS)

This issue picks up on the themes of the Building Surveying Conference, which was attended this year by a record number of delegates. Highlights included discussion on the state of the UK and European economy and the growth of — and challenges presented by — the world market.

Building Surveying Journal May-June 2016

Among the other popular conference events were discussions on dilapidations, party walls, sinkholes, inclusive design and adapting to the future — all of which are topics featured in this issue.

Elsewhere, RICS Chief Executive Sean Tompkins discusses the organisation’s input into COP21, while CBRE’s Tom Makokha makes the case for prioritising diversity to help meet the challenges of globalisation.

We also feature three flooding-related articles. RICS Associate Director of Built Environment Alan Cripps explains why it is time to rethink flooding strategies, Dr Jessica Lamond and Namrata Bhattacharya-Mis discuss the impact of flooding on businesses and Richard Coutts explains how the UK’s first amphibious house is leading the way in flood-resistant design.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas, so please email me if you have any.

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