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  • What price is the height of excellence?

    What price is the height of excellence?

    One of the Keynotes I had the pleasure to attend during the RICS Summit of the Americas 2018, was entitled: “What price is the height of excellence? Valuing the CN Tower.” For this intriguing and complex question, several approaches were proposed and the final values of each of them were then compared.

  • Infrastructure Management the future of P3 and Beyond

    Infrastructure Management the future of P3 and Beyond

    Like most countries in the world, Canada has a large infrastructure deficit, estimated at approximately $570 billion, according to the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. This is an issue that must be addressed in order to enhance global competitiveness and it will create more jobs and generate economic wealth in the process.

  • Clerks of works: Performing a vital role
    Building control

    Clerks of works: Performing a vital role

    Whatever their actual job title, clerks of works perform a vital role in construction projects writes Rachel Morris.

  • Addressing Anti-Money Laundering in MENA
    Facilities management

    Addressing Anti-Money Laundering in MENA

    The view from the Middle East outlines how RICS' public consultation will boost the profession while minimising exposure to financial crime.

  • Changing face of retail

    Changing face of retail

    Some say it’s the era of retail apocalypse as some of the United States’ most prominent retailers are shuttering stores and out of the 1,200 malls across the country, just 50% are expected to be in business by 2023.
    Some say it’s the era of Digitally Native Vertical Brands (DNVBs) whose rapid expansion meant the number of store openings versus closures were actually up in 2017.

  • Disruption is on the horizon for the real estate sector
    Property technology

    Disruption is on the horizon for the real estate sector

    There has been an explosion of innovation and investment in technology in the past 18 to 24 months and the traditional real estate industry has been responding to the pressure to adapt, explained MetaProp’s Zak Schwarzman in Toronto earlier this month.

  • In data we trust
    Building surveying

    In data we trust

    With productivity proving a persistent issue, Anthony Walker explains how data can best be harnessed to boost output.

  • Addressing Anti-Money Laundering in the UK
    Finance & taxation

    Addressing Anti-Money Laundering in the UK

    With the opening of the RICS’ public consultation on a new professional statement to help property professionals and regulated firms address the risks posed by bribery and corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing, we take a deeper look at the threat of Anti-Money Laundering in the UK and why there is a collective necessity to tackle it.

  • 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.

  • The light turns green: Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme goes live
    Energy

    The light turns green: Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme goes live

    Today marks an important milestone for the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, with the official launch of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme, on the occasion of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Events in Windsor, UK.

  • Residential sales flat in May
    Residential property

    Residential sales flat in May

    The May RICS UK Residential Market Survey has shown a few signs of life as houses start to come back on to the market, but overall activity has remained flat and is looking unlikely to gain any impetus in the near term.

  • Tory looks to partner with private sector to find solutions

    Tory looks to partner with private sector to find solutions

    Toronto Mayor John Tory was the opening keynote speaker at the RICS Summit Series Americas 2018 stop in Toronto. This was his second speaking engagement with RICS Summit of the Americas, the previous one was in 2014 when he was a mayoral candidate. Much has changed in the intervening four years and the Mayor was open about his experience in office, showing at times pride, frustration and determination to move steadily forward.

  • AI: Mixed messages
    Property technology

    AI: Mixed messages

    Many contradictory predictions are being made about the impact of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Chris Hoar investigates some of the threats and opportunities for professionals.

  • New global retail measurement standard open for public comment

    New global retail measurement standard open for public comment

    A new standard to inform global benchmarks on measuring retail buildings is open for consultation.

  • Facilitating change
    Facilities management

    Facilitating change

    Organisations are subject to continual change, yet their facilities often remain static, impeding progress that is critical to business success. We ask Dave Wilson, FRICS, IFMA Fellow and Director of Effective Facilities Ltd, how facilities managers can manage change to ensure that it bridges the gap between what an organisation has and what it needs.

  • RICS tells government to step on devolution accelerator in the West Midlands

    RICS tells government to step on devolution accelerator in the West Midlands

    Devolve more power to the West Midlands so Birmingham can reach its true potential as a world class city is the rallying call from RICS, as it underlines its commitment to the city by opening new offices at 55 Colmore Row.

  • Honouring outstanding chartered surveyors

    Honouring outstanding chartered surveyors

    In our 150th year, we're recognising the achievements and contributions of the profession, past and present.

  • Cities must prioritize resilient design

    Cities must prioritize resilient design

    Resilient design and building will become the key to a city’s success. It has already become a critical topic to be addressed in the industry and the need for responsible stewardship at all levels of influence cannot be overstated.

  • Boosting standards for valuing mineral assets
    Minerals & waste

    Boosting standards for valuing mineral assets

    The International Mineral Valuation Committee (IMWAL) has boosted the harmonisation of valuing mineral assets through the release of the third edition of their standards.

  • Notice of opportunity with the U.S. Department of State

    Notice of opportunity with the U.S. Department of State

    Real Estate Appraisal and Advisory Services

  • Julie Fittock: Returning to the workplace

    Julie Fittock: Returning to the workplace

    Meet Julie Fittock, a Chartered Surveyor (GP) working for Cushman and Wakefield, as part of a team contracted to carry out Property Portfolio Management for the London Borough of Bromley.

  • PropTech is gaining traction in New York City
    Planning & development

    PropTech is gaining traction in New York City

    “We’re at a really interesting moment,” said Cindy McLaughlin, CEO of Envelope, a PropTech company that helps users navigate the zoning codes in New York City. “Up until now, development decisions have been made from the gut. In the city of the future, much of this can be done algorithmically from your computer.”

  • Toronto is strong because of the work Torontonians do
    Infrastructure

    Toronto is strong because of the work Torontonians do

    How prepared are we for an emergency? We saw that Toronto is a resilient city when a van-driver struck several pedestrians on Yonge street. Our collective hearts broke when we learned of the deaths of our neighbours. But in the light of this devastation, we saw our strength.

  • Until the next bubble

    Until the next bubble

    The following article was written by a student volunteer who attended the RICS Summit Series Americas 2018 stop in New York.

  • Zarrilli encourages New Yorkers to call out misinformation

    Zarrilli encourages New Yorkers to call out misinformation

    “We’re on the cusp of another period of great change,” said RICS President John Hughes as he launched the RICS Summit Series Americas 2018 New York Summit. Panelists throughout the day confirmed this assertion whether they were talking about PropTech, climate change, the construction industry or real estate investments, the cities of the future will not function in the status quo.