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  • China Development Bank Capital demands Red Book valuations
    Valuation

    China Development Bank Capital demands Red Book valuations

    One of the world’s largest financial institutions will be demanding the Red Book when it commissions valuations of its portfolio.

  • Make sure you get paid on time
    Project management

    Make sure you get paid on time

    RICS UK Infrastructure Director Phil Hardy-Bishop explains the need for a new standard to ensure workers are paid on time.

  • Skills base must be secured post-Brexit
    Planning & development

    Skills base must be secured post-Brexit

    Hard or soft, we have been a nation gripped by confusion as to what Brexit actually means. We know that firms have been playing a waiting game and putting investment plans on hold until certainty is delivered. Today, Theresa May laid out a clear timeline and set of ambitions — Brexit is no longer ambiguous.

  • Rigger boots and hard hats aren't just for men
    Building control

    Rigger boots and hard hats aren't just for men

    Building Surveyor at Atkins Sophie Smith gives an update on her efforts to encourage more women to join her in the profession and her design of the "Sophie shoe".

  • Surveying the ice shelf
    Geomatics

    Surveying the ice shelf

    Tackling plummeting temperatures, adverse weather conditions and using the latest technology, chair of Marches LA Anett Dude explains the important role of a geomatics surveyor when surveying the Antarctic in her own words.

  • RICS in Europe media coverage - 22 December 2016
    Sustainability

    RICS in Europe media coverage - 22 December 2016

    During the last weeks of 2016, our commitment to bring transparency through International standards, professionalism and achieving global climate change targets in the built environment sector were highly profiled during and after our presence at COP 22. Find these and other newsworthy stories covered by the press:

  • Without change there would be no progress
    Property technology

    Without change there would be no progress

    Start-ups are appearing here, there and everywhere and it can sometimes be difficult to cut through the noise and find out which ones you should be paying attention to.

  • Influencing the proptech space
    Property technology

    Influencing the proptech space

    We have been ranked as the number one brand leading online discussion in proptech. The rankings, which are based on a survey of online and social media activity conducted by Onalytica, show that we're playing a key role in facilitating dialogue and debate on the emergence and impact of proptech.

  • How big data can help you cut through the noise
    Property technology

    How big data can help you cut through the noise

    Digital technologies are transforming our relationship with information and how we interpret the world. This is the view of Charlotte McCarthy, Commercial Director at Infabode. Below, she explains how technology can help us to cut through the noise and find trusted and relevant industry information efficiently.

  • China officially changes its policy stance towards residential real estate
    Residential property

    China officially changes its policy stance towards residential real estate

    Top Chinese authorities concluded their annual Central Economic Work Conference over the weekend, and in doing so laid out the policy agenda for 2017 in a brief statement. Although more details on policies will likely slowly be released over the coming months leading up to China’s 19th National Congress next year, last weekend’s statement did offer some key insights to short-term policy direction.

  • Lead from the top to attract the best talent
    Business & management

    Lead from the top to attract the best talent

    According to a YouGov survey recently commissioned by RICS, 33% of girls view the built environment sector as "for male employment only". Of those surveyed, 73% believe that the attitudes and behaviours of CEOs and senior leaders are important to encourage a more gender-balanced workforce.

  • Join the infrastructure data revolution
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Join the infrastructure data revolution

    During the US Presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump promised an additional USD$1 trillion investment into US infrastructure over the next 10 years. His promise reflects an issue that many developed countries are contending with: ageing infrastructure is holding back economic growth, whilst investing in infrastructure enables it.

  • How exposed is Asian real estate to US policy?
    Commercial property

    How exposed is Asian real estate to US policy?

    The results of the US election have brought uncertainty to emerging markets in Asia. Although globally financial markets have broadly cheered the result, there are concerns that the new administration’s fiscal and trade policies will become major economic impediments for emerging Asian economies.

  • The power of density: smart cities of the near future
    Planning & development

    The power of density: smart cities of the near future

    Designing smart cities is not just about using technology, but about creating a better quality of life — cities for citizens. The ecosystem of our cities needs to combine social infrastructure with affordable housing and culture with that of effective infrastructure.

  • Real estate companies should be paying attention
    Property technology

    Real estate companies should be paying attention

    We are pleased to announce that our partners, MetaProp NYC, have published the Q4 results of the Global Real Estate Technology Confidence Index 2016.

  • 5 must-read books for FM professionals
    Facilities management

    5 must-read books for FM professionals

    Following the news of our historic partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), our Bookshop Manager Paulo Ferreira shares his recommendations for the five books every facilities management (FM) professional should read, which can all be ordered from the RICS Bookshop.

  • Leveraging tech and best practice to transform a campus
    Property technology

    Leveraging tech and best practice to transform a campus

    Almost 51% of energy from buildings is used to heat them. If we can design, construct and manage buildings in a more integrated and collaborative way, we can save huge sums of money to reinvest back into more worthwhile endeavours. This is the view taken by Director of Planning, Architecture and Renewal Projects at York University, Canada, Patrick Saavedra.

  • A diverse talent pool at SIMI 2016
    Management consultancy

    A diverse talent pool at SIMI 2016

    From 30 November to 2 December 2016 our presence at SIMI, one of the top real estate fairs in Europe, generated great discussions, media attention and more than 300 interested visitors at our busy stand at Palais de Congrès in Paris.

  • Data is just a pile of bricks until someone builds a house
    Property technology

    Data is just a pile of bricks until someone builds a house

    Technology is both a threat and an opportunity in streamlining and disrupting traditional ways of working. At our recent PropTech Infrastructure Roundtable, we discussed the role of data and technology in infrastructure — here are the top five key themes that were discussed:

  • Embracing change in commercial property
    Property technology

    Embracing change in commercial property

    Real estate accounts for 35% of the world’s carbon emissions and technology is expected to replace 140 million workers globally by 2030. These are just two points that came out of this year’s Commercial Property Conference, which included industry thought-leaders who spoke about the impact of data and technology on the market.

  • How life cycle costing can help reduce your FM risks
    Facilities management

    How life cycle costing can help reduce your FM risks

    Life cycle costing (LCC) is a way of assessing the costs of an asset over a specific period – this could be its entire life, a shorter period or selected stages. It helps users to decide between alternatives, which not only differ in their initial costs but also in their ongoing operational costs.

  • The great renovate debate
    Commercial property

    The great renovate debate

    Renovating the UK’s Houses of Parliament will cost billions, but would it be money well spent? This was the question we asked Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and James Bulley FRICS, CEO and co-founder of Trivandi.

    Which side of the debate do you fall on?

  • 7 tips to effectively prepare for your APC Final Assessment
    APC

    7 tips to effectively prepare for your APC Final Assessment

    There is no doubt the APC assessment process is tough, and so it should be, but fear not. Capita Group's Associate Director Chris Marrow MRICS provides his top tips on how to effectively prepare for your Final Assessment.

  • Hi robot: a brief history of AI
    Property technology

    Hi robot: a brief history of AI

    The origins of artificial intelligence (AI) can be traced back to ancient Greeks and their efforts to model human thinking. Since that time, AI as a concept has snowballed to become one of the world's hottest topics. Science and technology journalist Mark Harris provides a potted history.

  • Robots are coming, look busy
    Property technology

    Robots are coming, look busy

    Former Technology Editor for the Guardian Charles Arthur thinks that a new paradigm has taken place. When someone tells you that the future lies with artificial intelligence, pause before you roll your eyes.