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11 Jul 2018
With India experiencing a construction boom, and with an estimated 66% of property stock required by 2030 yet to be built, this timely piece of research investigates the perceived market demand, value premiums and workplace productivity gains associated with green buildings in India. The research also looks at green rating systems and current policy initiatives in India.
This report examines the importance placed on environmental sustainability in the decision-making process of UK fund managers when making property investments. It also investigates if green premia for sustainable buildings exist, and the compatibility of environmental sustainable and financial objectives.
26 Jun 2018
Each year, England’s NHS spends billions of pounds to maintain its estates. This research investigates how Building Information Modelling (BIM) can provide benefit by demonstrating the links between built asset maintenance spend and added value to the organisational performance. The research uses a comprehensive literature review and a case study of an NHS hospital to achieve the research aim.
This report examines the drivers, challenges, opportunities and benefits of using big data analytics (BDA) for FM and how to develop a methodological framework to implement BDA into FM organisations.
19 Jun 2018
The urban environment has long been recognised as a crucial to human health, but the last few years have seen a marked growth in the health and well-being agenda. This insight paper recognises the major contribution property professionals can make in establishing healthy, liveable places for all.
04 Jun 2018
Adopting the instrumental theory of technology, this study assesses the use of social media within a London Underground Programme of works created to deliver a series of integrated station upgrades.
31 May 2018
A variety of research has been conducted that has sought to improve the Nigerian construction industry. Despite the frequent research, the industry it is still faced with the same problems, such as cost overruns and poor safety among construction professionals.
New money in rural areas examines the economic, social and environmental impacts on rural localities and communities of new investment, and seeks to answer: how can the benefits of new money flowing into rural areas be maximised and how can potential negative externalities be mitigated?
08 May 2018
This report investigates the widely-discussed claim that title registration is prerequisite for valuing unregistered land. This is the first time that informal land markets in Indonesia, Ghana and Peru have been studied in this way and this research and its findings should help provide a wealth of background information to anyone working or who has an interest in this sector.
01 May 2018
In recent years, there has been a significant expansion in permitted development (PD) rights. The report presents an analysis of the exercise of PD rights in England since 2010 and an initial estimate of the direct financial costs and benefits of permitted development to the public sector.
This research, conducted by a research team led by Ben Clifford from University College London, assesses the impacts of extending permitted development rights for office to residential conversions in England. Utilising an in-depth case study approach, this research sought to determine whether enhanced freedom to change the use of property has threatened the development of sustainable communities through the loss of public revenue and unwelcome externalities.
In recent years there has been a significant expansion in permitted development (PD) rights in England. This Insights report brings together the key findings from two pieces of research, commissioned by the RICS Research Trust, to provide evidence about the extent, usage and implications of new PD rights. Impacts identified in the research relate to rural planning, the provision of affordable housing and the role of local authorities in place making.
29 Apr 2018
This research sought to run a comparison between South Africa and major democracies to see if consultation protocols in South Africa are either misdirected, inappropriate or not inclusive enough. A case study of Gauteng Highway Improvement Project (GFIP) was utilised to assess the consultation because of its sheer size, reach and centrality.
South Africa is experiencing a massive housing backlog in urban low-cost housing. This study attempted to identify the impediments and delays that exist in the transfer of low-cost housing within the current legal framework in South Africa.
This study focuses on innovation at the project level and looks at the dynamic interaction of innovation within construction project components as a system.
This paper will examine the implementation of an immersive learning approach and how the delivery of a 20-credit module at Level 4 of study in this way affected the engagement, motivation and retention of students in higher education. The authors’ research is a longitudinal study of which this paper only presents the initial findings of after the first year, future years’ data will provide great evidence of the efficacy of the immersive approach.
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries due to its dangerous work nature. Safety management system (SMS) have been introduced to prevent accident from happening. Project manager and safety practitioners are the key persons for the implementation of SMS in construction projects. The quality of them is crucial for the proper implementation and maintenance of SMS. There was limited work studying the competency profiles for project manager and safety practitioners. This paper presents some results on the identification of competence quality of the two key personnel.
Scaffolding is one of the most common temporary structures, typically used to support the construction of the permanent structures. Being a temporary structure, current scaffolding management and handling process has been considered as manual, highly relying on subjective decision and hence typically considered inefficient to ensure construction projects achieving their planned budget and schedule. This paper explores the potential to develop an image-based scaffolding recognition method that will enable an automated tracking of the scaffolding construction.
In Australia, Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste presents a significant proportion of industrial solid waste going to landfill. Although C&D waste has received increasing attention from industry practitioners and researchers since the early 1980s, current studies imply that waste management in the construction industry is still in its early stages and yet to mature to effectively alleviate the environmental burden. This paper addresses the issue and identifies the typical factors that influence construction waste management from three perspectives - organisation, process and people.
This research aims to identify the on-site problem-solving process in construction as well as the way in which the problem-solving process leads to innovation in the construction industry.
This research paper studies project management discipline development in the past decades and shows that project management research has become well-established with accepted theories, methodologies and standards. This paper presents a literature review on project success research history and definitions to identify the gaps related to success of dam engineering projects.
This research investigates whether scrum, an agile project management framework, could be of benefit in tenders and bidding processes. The selection of the “right” construction contractor has been a topic of continual interest within academia and industry, with attention focused on both the selection of the optimal procurement method and the process of tender evaluation. As a consequence, the bidding process, as well as how a tender is conceived and developed, has now been recognised as a crucial element of future project success.
The South African government has evolved diverse policies to enhance the competitiveness of South African construction organisations. Not with standing these policies, there are long lasting productivity challenges confronting the South African construction sector in which there is evidence to establish the existence of these challenges. To address this issue, this research identifies the underlying factors that contribute to poor productivity on South African construction projects.
This research investigates by an in-depth literature review the current position for first time buyers in the difficult Housing Market in the South East of the UK. It identifies the desire for home ownership yet confirms many problems with the lack of housing supply, the lack of affordability and issues with land and planning.
The sophistication of the property valuation services provided by valuers in a country has a significant impact on national and global economies. An attempt is made to investigate the property valuation practice using Hong Kong as a case study being a developed country that developing nations can learn from. Property valuation firms in Hong Kong were invited to partake in an online questionnaire survey, the essence of the survey was to examine the property valuation approach(es) being adopted in practice.
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