Standards feature prominently in this, the first issue of 2018.
If the profession is to uphold its own standards, enforcement is an essential responsibility, and in our main article Luay Al-Khatib outlines RICS’ disciplinary process. RICS Director of Professional Standards Ken Creighton is also interviewed about what has been achieved in the past year to establish standards for the profession, as well as the work that lies ahead, while Matt McDermott clarifies how RICS standards underpin professionalism.
Elsewhere in the issue, David McCullogh weighs up initial submissions from the profession to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and considers the future of building control, Matt Farman assesses the possible fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire for professional indemnity insurance, and Niall Rowan explains why correctly specifying and applying fire-stopping products is vital in ensuring building safety.
Meanwhile, Richard Walker argues that effective enforcement of basement waterproofing standards is critical to building integrity, and Ken Scott advises that sports grounds and local authorities should ensure they fully understand their responsibilities when it comes to safety – especially given the increasing threat of terrorist attack.
As we head into a new year, 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 building surveying, building control and interdisciplinary material that supports surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.