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RICS and Sustainability

Managing change in a changing world

Ursula Hartenberger

May 2010


…. and of course also because ...


... global energy supplies are limited

May 2010


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.

May 2010


RICS and Sustainability- Why we are involved

  • To meet the demand from clients and members for support regarding related risks as well as opportunities.
  • To provide the vision the profession needs to take advantage of the emerging low carbon sector.
  • To influence governments to ensure that policy sets the right conditions to transform the property market.
  • To make a tangible contribution to energy and CO2 emissions savings.

May 2010


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

May 2010


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.

May 2010


RICS Sustainability Strategy

- What should be the focus?

  • Accurate measurement and reporting because:
  • “We cannot hope to manage climate change unless we measure it accurately”
  • (Kofi Annan,former UN Secretary-general, September 2009)
  • Creation of value for sustainable property

May 2010


Applying Sustainable Development

Principles to Property, Land and Construction

  • Social
  • Fits needs of users, and is acceptable to wider community
  • Environmental
  • Minimises impact on the local and global environment
  • Economic
  • Financial returns are demonstrably acceptable

May 2010


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.

May 2010


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

May 2010


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

May 2010


Events agenda 2009/2010


UN Land Tenure Event

London, January 2010



March 2010



Cape Town,

September 2009


Global Climate Change

Strategy Launch,

New York, Nov 2009

Vancouver Valuation Accord at Globe

Vancouver, March 2010


Urban Sustainability & Green Buildings,

New Delhi, May 2009, July 2010


Mumbai, Dec 2009

Europe (non-UK)

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


Building Standards

& Making Money from Green

Sydney, September 2009


Urban Renewal Strategy Conference

Hong Kong, July 2009

CityScape, Singapore, May 2010

May 2010


Sustainability Communication Tools

May 2010


Other Products

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

and equipment

Is free of charge

May 2010


Ska Rating

May 2010


Further Ongoing & Planned Projects 2010

and beyond

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

May 2010


Caring about the environment we operate in

RICS UK Carbon Footprint Report:

  • Measuring Progress
  • Cutting Waste
  • Reducing Energy Consumption
  • Monitoring Travel

Next steps:

  • Roll out reporting globally
  • Development of a green procurement


May 2010


CSR activities: community work

  • Staff volunteering days
  • Fundraising
  • Global RICS charity
  • "Save the Children“

RICS marks 40th Earth Day anniversary across the globe

May 2010


Working to help others to help themselves

  • BuildAction is the operational arm of the RICS Disaster Management Commission:
  • providing professional expertise to support otherwise under-resourced projects.
  • assigning volunteers to projects.
  • supporting disaster management initiatives without discrimination and in line with the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.
  • BuildAction objectives:
  • to meet the needs identified in the humanitarian sector by working in partnership with humanitarian and development organisations.
  • to ensure that vulnerable communities hit by disaster receive effective professional support in order to improve their chances of social and economic recovery.

May 2010


International Development work

- Africa

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


May 2010


International Development work

- Haiti

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.

May 2010


For more information visit:

And subscribe to Global Balance-

The RICS Sustainability e-news


May 2010