We recognise the huge importance of property, land, construction and the built environment. Through our independent research, undertaken by external consultants and researchers, we aim to advance the thinking of our profession and raise the profile of our industry.
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31 May 2018
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.
08 Mar 2018
Ecosystem damage over the last 50 years of the twentieth century was greater than in any comparable period of human history, with estimates that the demands of contemporary global society effectively consume 1.5 ‘Planet Earths’. There is a pressing need to use landscapes and other ecosystems in more sustainable and integrated ways. This regenerative landscapes report highlights the need and the means for rebuilding carrying capacity across rural, urban and other cultural landscapes, with a significant emphasis on water.
27 Mar 2017
Commentators have increasingly raised concern over the impact of flood risk on commercial property insurability, maintenance and recovery, property utility and, ultimately, property value.
20 Mar 2017
The third instalment in RICS’ ground-breaking 'Raising the Bar' research series makes a powerful case for how, as an industry, FM makes significant contributions to business success and organisational effectiveness. This report reviews the current state of the FM industry and is published in collaboration with IFMA.
16 Mar 2017
The interconnected agendas of smart cities, big data and open data, on the face of it, provide bold and exciting opportunities for built environment professionals. With a focus at the city level, this research examines the development of data platforms in the UK and internationally, and determines how professionals in the built environment can benefit from these data platforms.
14 Mar 2017
28 Sep 2016
Using Sydney as a case study, this report aims to develop an understanding of what best practice looks for land-use planning on the urban fringe.
26 Sep 2016
The report by University of Ulster investigated local property measurement practice across five world regions and attempted to quantify the measurement choices made locally.
25 Jul 2016
A regional case study was used in Malaysia for this research to investigate the ecological and economic components of forest conversion to oil palm, within a tropical floodplain system.
27 Jun 2016
Our recent research, the Hub and the Place, takes an in-depth look at the issues related to infrastructure delivery, by examining three case studies of rail transport hubs and their surrounding environment and urban development in the UK, China and India.
07 Jan 2016
This research aims to develop a Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) allowing planners and developers to assess the impact of proposed developments and plans on the provision of ecosystem services.
09 Nov 2015
Our research report and online tool helps the built environment sector in eight European countries to determine the risk and impact climate change will have on non-domestic, or commercial, buildings.
This research examines the potential for mitigation of predominantly pluvial flooding in central business districts (CBD) through retrofitting of sustainable urban drainage systems.
The research looks at the expanding supply of 'green' buildings within a given London neighbourhood that has a positive impact on rent prices in general but reduced rents and prices for environmentally-certified real estate.
Using England, Wales and Australia as case studies, this research explores method in measuring the uptake of sustainability in the built environment over time.
This report develops an approach which places a value on the social and environmental impact of projects and applies these to the built environment.
02 Oct 2015
The research looks at the implications of contracted-out publicness by private management of the urban public realm.
08 Jul 2015
The report analyses the factors shaping the development of BIM in the North American, Chinese and UK construction industries and provides insight in how to navigate these.
The central question this research report addresses is how BIM can support the activities and professional services delivered by property professionals.
19 May 2015
Prediction of Consultant Performance for the Selection Process
20 Apr 2015
Important insights into the operation of development viability appraisal (DVA) in planning.
09 Apr 2015
Using Nottingham as a case study, the research looks at the barriers to housing development on brownfield land.
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