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RICS and Sustainability
Managing change in a changing world
Why care about sustainability in the CIS?
…. and because ...
…. and of course also because ...
... global energy supplies are limited
A Quick Market Snapshot
Sustainability is a critical business issue in companies today (cap and trade, carbon taxes).
Sustainability is high on political agendas of governments worldwide.
Sustainability is increasingly becoming part of CSR strategies.
Sustainability is mainly driven by the business bottom line and client demand.
Sustainability is mostly driven by younger professionals.
RICS and Sustainability- Why we are involved
Why we need to be involved
– A glimpse of the future
"With mounting regulation, greater accountability
and heightened levels of compliance there will be more parties, players and participants in the processes of the built environment.“
Source: Built Environment Foresight 2030: The Sustainable Development Imperative
Why are RICS members ideally placed to
manage change towards more sustainable
business practices in Land, Property and
All the phases of the property life cycle
are represented within RICS:
RICS members are information managers for sustainable property in society.
RICS members are planners, developers, asset managers, valuers, cost consultants, facilities managers,etc.
RICS members are bound by high ethical professional standards.
RICS Sustainability Strategy
- What should be the focus?
Applying Sustainable Development
Principles to Property, Land and Construction
Sustainability at RICS - where we have come from - a snapshot (2005-2009)
RICS joins Forum for the Future in developing “Professions in Partnershipfor Sustainability” and adopts its Sustainability policy in 2005.
RICS adopts new mandatory APC/ATC competency in Sustainability in 2006.
RICS signs Vancouver Valuation Accord in March 2007.
RICS sets up Presidential Commission for Disaster Management in 2007.
RICS establishes a cross-professional sustainability working group in 2008 to provide a focal point for the development and dissemination of guidance and research and plus a virtual online community open to all members.
RICS signs Copenhagen Communiqué in September 2009.
RICS launches Sustainable Valuation Information Paper in September 2009.
RICS launches Global Climate Change Strategy in New York in November 2009.
Sustainability at RICS – Member Groups
Sustainability Working Group
Sustainability Online Community
Sustainable Valuation Group
Oceania Sustainable Steering Group
Germany Sustainability Working Group
France Sustainability Working Group
Americas Sustainability Working Group
Recently published Research & Guidance
Forthcoming Research 2010+
The linkages between sustainability and productivity
in commercial office buildings
Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index
Changes in occupier and investor behaviour due
to energy efficiency labelling
Improving the market impact of energy certification by
introducing energy efficiency and life cycle costs into property valuation
Events agenda 2009/2010
UN Land Tenure Event
London, January 2010
Global Climate Change
New York, Nov 2009
Vancouver Valuation Accord at Globe
Vancouver, March 2010
Urban Sustainability & Green Buildings,
New Delhi, May 2009, July 2010
RICS at CONSTRU INDIA,
Mumbai, Dec 2009
Adaptation and Mitigation:
The Land Manager and the Climate Challenge
Copenhagen, Dec 2009
Changing Climate – Changing Lifestyle
The Role of Housing in the EU
Brussels, March-June 2010
Tightening the Green Belt-
Crowded Cities as
Environmental Role Models
Brussels, March 2010
Paris, September 2010
& Making Money from Green
Sydney, September 2009
Urban Renewal Strategy Conference
Hong Kong, July 2009
CityScape, Singapore, May 2010
Sustainability Communication Tools
Ska Environmental Rating Tool for Office ‘fit outs’
Ska differs from other tools in the following ways:
Only covers the ‘fit out’ of a building and not the building
Is fast and easily applicable
Can be tailored to the individual project
Covers detailed aspects such as recycling of office furniture
Is free of charge
Further Ongoing & Planned Projects 2010
RICS Sustainability Report
Sutainability Glossary of Terms
Valuation & Sustainability VIP - Update & further work on value
Post-September 2008 Green Value market analysis
(Doing well by Doing good II)
Further joint projects at UK Government and EU-level in the area of energy efficiency and training
Extension of existing Global Sustainability Survey
Caring about the environment we operate in
RICS UK Carbon Footprint Report:
CSR activities: community work
RICS marks 40th Earth Day anniversary across the globe
Working to help others to help themselves
International Development work
Work with Good Earth Trust in Uganda
Cooperation between BuildAction and the
‘Good EarthTrust’, to analyse the cost-effectiveness
of using interlocking stabilised soil blocks (ISSB)
as a substitute for burnt clay bricks.
The blocks are made using a manually operated
block-making machine manufactured in Kenya and
are suitable for low cost housing and school
The study was based on using current construction
costs and locally-collected background
socio-economic data to research the potential
market for carbon-neutral ISSB blocks and to
Estimate expected carbon savings from using the
International Development work
At the request of ‘Habitat for Humanity’, an
international NGO, the Disaster Management
Commission sent a BuildAction volunteer to Haiti,
who provided post-earthquake rapid damage assessment
training to 32 local engineers and helped carry out
assessment of 400 buildings.
The Commission is considering further requests for
other built environment professional volunteers from
UN agencies and NGOs to assist in reconstruction of
shelter and social infrastructure.
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