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Claudia Conway, 01 Mar 2017
The Green Belt. Some say that we must protect it at all costs and others say it is an unnecessary and outdated constraint; whatever your view, it is an emotive topic, especially in the context of development. However, in a time when London is crying out for new, affordable homes, one question begs debate: why do we need a Green Belt?
Stephanie Bentley, 08 Jun 2017
For some time, the use of data and technology has allowed the assessment and understanding of building sustainability performance to be refined and used to deliver greater value in property development and operation. For example, advanced modelling of thermal performance at the design stage creates more efficient buildings during operation.
18 Oct 2017
Lloyds Banking Group launched the first-of-its-kind initiative to support clients to reduce CO2 emissions from their real estate assets in March 2016. With the built environment responsible for almost 40% of energy consumption, as well as 36% of carbon emissions in the UK, incentivising and supporting green improvements for real estate clients is a priority area for Lloyds.
Ursula Hartenberger, 27 Oct 2017
In recognition of the crucial role the built environment plays in reducing carbon emissions, the buildings sector will enjoy high levels of visibility at this years 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23). The annual climate change conference convened by the United Nations aims to move forward the commitments made at COP21 under the Paris Agreement in 2015. COP23 takes place from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.
29 Jan 2015
The final report of Scotland's Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group was announced today by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. Here, Andrew Hamilton FRICS, Partner at Strutt & Parker, responds on behalf of RICS
James Kavanagh MRICS, 06 Nov 2017
As climate change exerts even more of malignant influence on rural livelihoods in the developing world, it really is time to consider how many of these affected nations will deal with what are essentially ‘internally displaced’ climate refugees. What measures can be used to alleviate some of the pressures on land and rapidly growing but unplanned urban environments?
08 Nov 2017
To meaningfully support the global climate agenda, the real estate and construction sector must develop a more systematic, coherent and aligned approach to data management.
15 Dec 2016
Chief Executive at the National Flood Forum Paul Cobbing asks whether enough has been done for communities hit by floods.
05 Dec 2016
Former Technology Editor for the Guardian Charles Arthur thinks that a new paradigm has taken place. When someone tells you that the future lies with artificial intelligence, pause before you roll your eyes.
Peter Bolton King FRICS, 07 Dec 2016
The International Ethics Standard (IES) Coalition has published its final standard. RICS has played a leading role both within the Coalition and the standards setting committee.
Mike Swain, 23 Nov 2017
Three familiar themes emerged from the RICS Telecoms conference 2017 – connectivity, community and collaboration. Mike Swain, Editor of the Land Journal reports.
04 Jul 2017
Farming and traditional agriculture have rarely faced so much uncertainty. With inevitable changes to agricultural support on the near horizon, as well as environmental issues — flooding, soil erosion, nitrogen leaching — and challenges from pests and diseases, there is a real need to work more closely with nature to protect our critical land assets and maintain, if not improve, agricultural productivity.
07 Apr 2016
Nigel Atkinson MRICS' career in land surveying has taken him from the wild landscapes of Peru to the ice-covered landmasses of Antarctica; Nigel tells us about his globetrotting career to date in his own words.
06 Apr 2017
To operate successfully, multinational companies are no longer just about profits; society demands they are transparent, ethical and, above all, responsible. Sustainability is a key consideration for many of these companies, not just because of their corporate responsibility remit, but also because making buildings more efficient makes for better business.
Ursula Hartenberger, 25 Oct 2016
COP22, which will be held between 7–18 November in Marrakech, will once again play host to Buildings Day (10 November), and this time it's all about showing progress.
James Kavanagh MRICS, 18 Feb 2016
The developing world is undergoing a revolution in rapid, unstructured and unregulated urbanisation as rural populations flock to ever growing mega-cities. They’re looking to access better education, health care, employment and a new future for their children.
10 Oct 2016
The world is changing. Population growth, big data, urbanisation and disruptive technologies are all having an impact on the built environment, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Dan Hughes, 01 Dec 2016
The thought of autonomous vehicles (AVs) driving around our cities is both exciting and perhaps a little terrifying. They could alleviate heavy traffic conditions, create healthier citizens and go a long way in resolving some of the issues caused by the increased rate of urbanisation we are currently seeing.
05 Jul 2017
Urbanisation is placing increasing demands on our most precious commodity: water. What can we do to staunch the flow before it runs out?
Fiona Mannix, 16 Jun 2017
We recently attended the launch of the 2016 IPD UK Annual Forestry Index. The UK forestry sector currently contributes £2bn to Gross Value Added (GVA) annually and supports 79,000 jobs in rural locations.
Dave Ramsey, 19 Jun 2017
We're committed to developing a suite of data standards to help the digital world interact with data that represents information created by its professionals. We need your help.
Kim Bailey, 18 Jul 2017
The Lake District national park has been listed as a world heritage site, joining the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in achieving one of the highest accolades on the planet.
29 Sep 2016
Dr Duncan Quincey associate professor in geomorphology, University of Leeds improved flood prediction by flying a drone on a glacier.
Laura Lindberg, 22 Dec 2016
During the last weeks of 2016, our commitment to bring transparency through International standards, professionalism and achieving global climate change targets in the built environment sector were highly profiled during and after our presence at COP 22. Find these and other newsworthy stories covered by the press:
05 Jun 2017
Will the policies of President Donald Trump derail the sector’s efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change? We hear three expert viewpoints.
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