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The key points of the August/September 2016 update are summarised below.
New section – The circular economy
The circular economy, authored by David Inman, is new to isurv Sustainability this quarter. The notion of the circular economy is central to sustainability, underpinned by a model of 'make, use, reuse' which can be contrasted with that of the linear economy ('make, use, dispose’).
This section outlines the key background and principles, before going on to examine the legal framework in the UK. It also makes reference to the EU’s circular economy strategy, with a tentative nod towards the early possible implications of Brexit.
The key challenge of delivering a circular economy is waste management and, as such, this section is heavily bound up with the waste hierarchy. It also looks briefly at all-important social factors and the UN Global Compact – currently the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Key concepts in sustainability
James Tinkler has given this section a thorough update, particularly in light of the UK's leave vote in the EU referendum of June 2016. Affected areas include legislation and standards, EPCs and DECs and what next?
Sustainable management of the UK government estate
Minor revisions throughout.
RICS professional guidance and information
- Resource management: improving efficiency and reducing waste, 1st edition
- BIM for building surveyors, 1st edition
- Lessons learned, 1st edition
See iConsult for the latest RICS professional guidance consultation drafts.