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  • 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.

  • Can we build in your back garden? Densification vs Green Belt development

    Can we build in your back garden? Densification vs Green Belt development

    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 Some say that we must protect it at all costs and others say it is an unnecessary and outdated constraint; whatever your view, it is an emotive topic, especially in the context of development.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?

  • How do we describe a land surveyor in today's world?
    Geomatics

    How do we describe a land surveyor in today's world?

    Advances in technology mean that the term “land surveyor” no longer properly describes the capabilities of today’s professional, argues Brian Coutts, Senior Lecturer in the School of Surveying, University of Otago

  • 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

  • What does Brexit mean for sustainability in the built environment?

    What does Brexit mean for sustainability in the built environment?

    With Brexit negotiations now fully under way, a whole host of questions have arisen on how Brexit will affect the UK and the EU’s sustainability agenda, its existing commitments, and ambitions going forward.

  • When it comes to fighting floods, it’s time to get creative
    Planning & development

    When it comes to fighting floods, it’s time to get creative

    When more than 40 trillion litres of water fell on Houston, Texas, in August 2017, the impact was catastrophic. The floods provided yet more evidence for the growing list of extreme weather events affecting our planet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Building data key to supporting global climate agenda: New RICS report
    Sustainability

    Building data key to supporting global climate agenda: New RICS report

    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.

  • 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.

  • MIPIM 2017 coverage: the future of professionalism
    Facilities management

    MIPIM 2017 coverage: the future of professionalism

    MIPIM 2017 (14–16 March) was crucial for us to spead our message to and engage with the most influential professionals from all sectors of the international property industry.

  • Surveying one of the UK’s largest and oldest medieval monuments
    Building surveying

    Surveying one of the UK’s largest and oldest medieval monuments

    Delaney Marling Partnership Ltd (DMP Ltd) is celebrating ten years of assisting in the project management works of some of the most prestigious construction projects. Here, Director, Simon Delaney MRICS tells us about what it’s like to maintain one of the UK’s largest and oldest parish churches - the Beverley Minster in East Yorkshire - built in the period of 1190 - 1420, and widely regarded as a gothic masterpiece.

  • How can trust in the sustainability performance assessment of buildings be improved?
    Sustainability

    How can trust in the sustainability performance assessment of buildings be improved?

    We joined forces with PropertyEU on 16 March at MIPIM by hosting a panel session on sustainability and the need for consistent and comparable data for valuers, property professionals, investors and occupiers across Europe.

  •  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.