The topics of security and diversity both feature prominently in this issue.
Thinking about the former, Spencer Carroll explains why it is essential for surveyors to understand security risks and crime prevention, and Michael Brooke goes on to describe Secured by Design’s National Building Approval initiative to create well-designed, secure buildings and minimise fear of crime.
Meanwhile, Lucile Kamar sets out the case for a more diverse workforce, Sophie Smith encourages efforts to attract women into the profession and James Baker explains what RICS is doing to appeal to future generations of surveyors.
Elsewhere, Arup’s Russell Cole, Tan Yoong Heng, Mimi Foreman and Peter Stones identify best practice in benchmarking building control regulations, based on the experience of five cities around the world, Mark Anderson looks at the repercussions of extreme weather in Australia, and Robbie Craig considers property’s resilience to flooding in the UK.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas about the sector and the journal itself, so please do get in touch with me.
Editor, Built Environment Journal
Barney works with professionals to produce the Building Surveying Journal and Building Control Journal which support building surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.