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The key points of the May 2016 update are summarised below.
New section - Climate change: adaptation and mitigation
Climate change: adaptation and mitigation, authored by Chris Burgess of Greengage, is new to isurv Sustainability this quarter. Climate change is still a topic of some controversy, but one with clear relevance to those working in the property and construction sector, not least because the building and construction is responsible for about 30% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
Built environment professionals need an understanding of the risks and opportunities that developments may be exposed to and when. This includes understanding what is required in terms of adapting to and mitigating as far as possible against future climatic changes. Associated benefits would include reducing the risks to business continuity and decreasing exposure to extreme weather damage among others. This section also examines the issue in terms of relevant legislative and policy drivers, and assesses the implications for existing building stock. A brief, high-level overview of the themes and their implications is given in the summary.
Key concepts in sustainability
James Tinkler has given this section a thorough update, with particular attention paid to the sub-sections on climate change, sustainability drivers and 'what next?' which has also been moved to the end of the section.
Sustainable management of the UK government estate
A minor revision to the global context sub-section.
Laura Griffin has added 2 new areas of note. The first is on the publication of PAS 2080 which relates to the management and reduction of carbon. The second is the inclusion of a brand new resource centre, focusing on the following areas:
- guidance on the development of sustainable procurement strategies;
- sustainable standards and certifications;
- examples of sustainable materials, products and services which may be incorporated into specifications as innovative, low carbon alternatives;
- further reading and information.
RICS professional guidance and information
- Surveys of residential property (reissue), 3rd edition
- Lessons learned, 1st edition
- The informed infrastructure client, 1st edition
See iConsult for the latest RICS professional guidance consultation drafts.