Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into the following categories: professional statements, practice statements, codes of practice, and guidance notes.
RICS standards and professional guidance are available free of charge to all and you can download PDF versions of the publications below. Check the side-bar options to refine the listed items by topic or professional group, or search for specific guidance using the search box above. Some RICS professional guidance publications can be bought from the RICS Shop.
Members should note that when an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account the contents of any relevant professional guidance published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor has acted with reasonable competence.
Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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23 May 2014
The main aim of this guidance note is to provide a framework of practical guidance for quantity surveyors on how to calculate embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
03 Oct 2013
Encompasses the wide range of physical, social, environmental and economic factors relating to sustainability that can impact on value of which valuers should be aware.
02 Apr 2013
Outlines a road map for integrating sustainability into existing buildings and aims to assist building surveyors in explaining the appropriate options available to clients.
20 Nov 2017
This guidance mandates a whole life approach to reducing carbon emissions within the built environment. It sets out specific mandatory principles and supporting guidance for the interpretation and implementation of EN 15978 methodology.
09 May 2012
Addresses the capital and rental valuation of freehold and leasehold landed interests for sites where a significant part of the value arises, or might arise, from the potential to generate renewable energy – principally electricity.
01 Apr 2008
Developed in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Carbon Trust, this guidance note outlines how carbon management can provide real commercial returns as well as making a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
07 Apr 2010
Intended to assist surveyors of all levels of expertise, this note provides guidance on advising clients as to how environmental and sustainability issues impact upon all aspects of land, property and construction.
16 Sep 2009
Essential reading for members who advise clients or employers in the rural sector on the development of energy strategies for their estates, land and buildings.
01 Feb 2007
This guidance note provides an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and considers the potential role of members in the process.
03 Jul 2009
Aimed at surveyors in practice, this guidance note shows how the overarching concept of sustainability relates to the entire range of practice disciplines that make up the surveying profession.
26 Sep 2011
Prepared with input from academics and practitioners with expertise in material processing technology, this paper provides information on issues surrounding 'rare earths' and the considerable role they have to play in facilitiating a low carbon future.
31 Jul 2015
This paper examines how sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in UK legislation and patterns of national economic behaviours and preferences.
25 Aug 2009
Focusing on the resurgence of interest in energy from waste, this paper highlights important issues and provides updates in areas such as legislation, government policy and the interests of responsible bodies.
This information paper was written with the aim of helping members (particularly rural and environmental surveyors) prepare for the potential impact of this significant piece of legislation.
17 Mar 2011
Backed with illustrative case studies, this information paper aims to assist members when giving advice to clients in the area of environmental liability and compliance.
31 May 2011
This paper provides a definition for the term 'green infrastructure' and explores the role it plays within built-up areas.
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