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CIOB & RICS among global coalition calling for new carbon reporting rules

by Liam Turner
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The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are among a group of nearly 50 construction organisations that have come together to propose a new set of carbon reporting rules.

The new international cost management (ICMS) reporting standards, designed to help construction professionals report and measure carbon in developments, have been published and are now out for consultation.

The consultation will seek input from industry on how to ensure carbon emissions factor directly into the decision making that goes into planning construction projects.

The RICS is also soon to publish guidance for professionals on how to assess embodied carbon – i.e. the carbon emitted during the construction process.

The final ICMS standards are expected to be published in November 2021 – after the consultation.

The RICS will then publish updated guidance on carbon assessment – which sets out a universal methodology for calculating carbon emissions.

‘A greener future for the global construction sector’

Commenting on the development, Alan Muse, head of construction standards at RICS and ICMS lead, said: “This update to ICMS and subsequent RICS standards, which our professionals follow when completing any construction project, will see the construction sector making a large and measurable impact when it comes to leading from the front and combatting climate change.

“Supported by the latest tech, these new standards provide a professional toolkit to measure and consistently report on carbon and influence the most basic design and construction decisions.

“The new rules ask the industry to challenge themselves on every decision made – from choosing between double or triple glazing in new homes to the type of concrete used to lay track for high-speed rail.

“While other aspects such as cost and safety will continue to play a key factor, of equal importance will be ensuring a greener future for the global construction sector.”

The full list:

  • Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS)
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE)
  • Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE)
  • Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
  • Brazilian Institute of Cost Engineers (IBEC)
  • Building Surveyors Institute of Japan (BSIJ)
  • Canadian Association of Consulting Quantity Surveyors (CACQS)
  • Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)
  • China Electricity Council (CEC)
  • China Engineering Cost Association (CECA)
  • Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)
  • Conseil Européen des Economistes de la Construction (CEEC)
  • Consejo General de la Arquitectura Técnica de España (CGATE)
  • Dutch Association of Quantity Surveyors (NVBK)
  • European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA)
  • Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG)
  • Fiji Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FIQS)
  • Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS)
  • Ikatan Quantity Surveyor Indonesia (IQSI)
  • Indian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (IIQS)
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK)
  • Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK)
  • Institution of Surveyors of Uganda (ISU)
  • International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC)
  • Italian Association for Total Cost Management (AICE)
  • Korean Institution of Quantity Surveyors (KIQS)
  • Fachverein für Management und Ökonomie im Bauwesen (maneco)
  • New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS)
  • Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS)
  • Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)
  • Philippine Institute of Certified Quantity Surveyors (PICQS)
  • Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ)
  • Quantity Surveyors International (QSi)
  • Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM)
  • Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL)
  • Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV)
  • Sociedad Mexicana de Ingeniería Económica, Financiera y de Costos (SMIEFC)
  • Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)
  • Union Nationale des Economistes de la Construction (UNTEC)

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