You will all have seen extensive media coverage of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in west London in June, and our condolences go out to those whose lives have been affected. RICS will be submitting a response to the public inquiry that has been convened into the fire, with the inquiry’s first report expected next Easter.
In this issue, RICS Global Building Standards Director Gary Strong reviews our own policy initiatives since the fire, including plans to develop an international standard on fire safety and a government-backed national register of fire risk assessors with other organisations.
Elsewhere in the edition, we take up the theme of dilapidations, with Paul Spaven reporting on the RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference, Jon Rowling clarifying the meaning of supersession and Vivien King looking at RICS’ dilapidations disputes resolution scheme.
In other pieces, William Glassey and James Morris consider the RICS Conflicts of Interest global professional statement encouraging members and regulated firms to have appropriate procedures in place by 1 January, James McAllister and Stuart Frame unpick the complicated context in which surveyors operate when they offer legal advice, Trevor Rushton scrutinises the performance of cladding systems, and Laurence Cobb weighs up the pros and cons of insurance-backed guarantees.
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Editor, Built Environment Journal
Barney works with professionals to produce building surveying, building control and interdisciplinary material that supports surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.