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  • Supporting women of the future
    Building surveying

    Supporting women of the future

    We are proud to be part of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, one of the UK’s prestigious Asian events, celebrating Britain’s remarkable and often unsung Asian heroines, who have demonstrated ongoing commitment and success in their chosen sectors and who provide significant value to their communities.

  • MEES: The stick that became a carrot
    Commercial property

    MEES: The stick that became a carrot

    With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards newly in effect, Daniel Montlake and Sivan Gelb examine their potential impact on the market.

  • Common standards, common good

    Common standards, common good

    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.

  • COP22: a big day for buildings

    COP22: a big day for buildings

    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.

  • How we are turning SDGs into action
    Environment

    How we are turning SDGs into action

    How we are turning SDGs into action.

  • How will MEES impact dilapidation claims?

    How will MEES impact dilapidation claims?

    Christopher Sullivan looks at the potential impact of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards on dilapidations claims.

  • Turning disaster into opportunity: The Christchurch Story
    Planning & development

    Turning disaster into opportunity: The Christchurch Story

    How do cities such as Christchurch, New Zealand, which has suffered major natural disasters, attract the people, investment and entrepreneurs they need to rebuild their economies? We asked Chief Executive Officer of Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) Rob Hall FRICS how the city is regenerating after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

  • Why we were at COP21
    Sustainability

    Why we were at COP21

    Our sector is complex. It has many stakeholders with different interests and needs and we often find that there is disconnect between delivery and operation as developers may not have a direct connection with end-users. This fragmentation is a problem.

  • Climate refugees, stress and paradigm shifts
    Land use

    Climate refugees, stress and paradigm shifts

    There can be no denying that climate change is real. Perhaps for those of us lucky enough to live in geographies that have avoided some of its more devastating impacts it can seem abstract, but for those parts of the world least able to deal with the effects, the consequences have been disastrous.

  • Unstoppable Africa: Land and rapid urbanisation in Sub-Sahara
    Planning & development

    Unstoppable Africa: Land and rapid urbanisation in Sub-Sahara

    The slump in economic growth in Africa over the past five years has been a setback, but it should not cloud the bigger picture of a youthful continent that will supply the global workforce of the future and is well-equipped to create dynamic solutions to the fastest rate of urbanisation in the world. Roz Wrottesley reports from the 2017 RICS Africa Summit in Johannesburg.

  • What is the Paris Agreement?
    Sustainability

    What is the Paris Agreement?

    The 21st Conference to the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — or COP21 for short — was held in Paris last December. It hosted the historic signing of the "Paris Agreement", which, for the first time, saw all nations commit to address the effects of climate change.

  • Why are measurement, data and accountability so important?
    Measurement

    Why are measurement, data and accountability so important?

    As stakeholder feedback and numerous studies have shown, Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) information is pivotal to accelerating energy-efficiency in the construction and real estate and sector.

  • Promoting a whole lifecycle view
    Residential property

    Promoting a whole lifecycle view

    Our professional statement ‘Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment’ is one example of our approach to promoting a whole lifecycle view of real estate. The launch of the standard follows our presence at this year´s 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, where we advanced on the commitments made at COP21 Paris to help limit global warming.

  • Tenement maintenance: Consensus on issue; difference in approach
    Residential property

    Tenement maintenance: Consensus on issue; difference in approach

    The Scottish Parliament debated tenement maintenance on Tuesday evening (9 January 2018), and whilst there was consensus that action is required to ensure the protection of Scotland’s historic and most common type of dwelling, there was a divergence in approach within the chamber

  •  Green lending and its importance to the built environment
    Sustainability

    Green lending and its importance to the built environment

    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.

  • High-visibility for the built environment at COP23
    Sustainability

    High-visibility for the built environment at COP23

    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.

  • New RICS standard on whole-life carbon supports global climate aims
    Sustainability

    New RICS standard on whole-life carbon supports global climate aims

    RICS has released its first professional statement requiring its members to follow requirements for conducting whole-life carbon assessments for construction projects.