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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 Some say that we must protect it at all costs and others say it is an unnecessary and outdated constraint; whatever your view, it is an emotive topic, especially in the context of development.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?
02 Nov 2017
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
28 Sep 2017
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.
Gary Strong FRICS, 05 Nov 2014
Martin Russell-Croucher and Tony Mulhall from the Professional Groups department at RICS visited Dushanbe in Tajikistan in October on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID).
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.
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.
08 Dec 2016
Real estate accounts for 35% of the world’s carbon emissions and technology is expected to replace 140 million workers globally by 2030.
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.
Laura Lindberg, 11 Jun 2015
PROVADA 2015 attracted more visitors (over 20 000), more stand holders and also more international guests than in previous years and RICS contribute it to the success of the fair in various ways.
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.
Laura Lindberg, 20 Mar 2017
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.
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:
Laura Lindberg, 26 Jan 2017
We're starting the new year, highlighting some exclusive media coverage on what RICS, as an international professional body, is bringing to the different European markets.
Maarten Vermeulen FRICS, 26 Nov 2015
For many years, countries in Europe have played a critical role in paving the way towards a low-carbon economy, in line with the global climate policy agenda. As part of this process, along with our members, we've been working with policymakers at the European Union (EU) to formulate its Sustainable Building Policy.
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.
13 Jul 2017
The Crown Estate has collected and shared data to encourage international investment in UK offshore renewables, as Marine Data Co-ordinator at The Crown Estate Chelsea Bradbury explains.
Will Myles, 04 May 2017
In today’s increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world, social, technological and sustainability issues bring new dimensions to risk and have a major impact on the development and competitiveness of our urban centres.
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.
Dr Clare Eriksson , 04 Jul 2017
What are the impacts of technology and innovation on the built environment? How can our industries adjust to increasing design and project complexity while ensuring progress is made towards environmental sustainability? How do we attract the best and brightest into our industries? And how do we equip them to take on the biggest challenges facing our industries in the next 30 years?
James Kavanagh MRICS, 19 Mar 2017
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.
It is now a well-known and accepted fact that the built environment's impact on our climate is significant; we must meet internationally-agreed climate targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but what has happened since COP21?
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