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A green profession? A global survey of RICS members and their engagement with the sustainability agenda

Dixon, Tim, Colantonio, Andrea, Shiers, David, Reed, Richard, Wilkinson, Sara and Gallimore, Paul 2008, A green profession? A global survey of RICS members and their engagement with the sustainability agenda, Journal of property investment and finance, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 460-481.

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Title A green profession? A global survey of RICS members and their engagement with the sustainability agenda
Author(s) Dixon, Tim
Colantonio, Andrea
Shiers, David
Reed, Richard
Wilkinson, Sara
Gallimore, Paul
Journal name Journal of property investment and finance
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 460
End page 481
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1463-578X
1470-2002
Keyword(s) asset valuation
property
surveying
sustainable development
Summary Purpose – This study seeks to provide a review of the background and context to the engagement of RICS members with the sustainability agenda, and to examine the extent to which the surveying profession uses relevant information, tools and techniques to achieve the key objectives of sustainable development (or sustainability).

Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyses results from a major international online survey of 4,600 RICS respondent members, supported by 31 structured telephone interviews.

Findings – The results suggest that, although sustainability is highly relevant to RICS members' work, a lack of knowledge and expertise is making it more difficult for sustainability tools and other information to be used effectively.

Research limitations/implications
– The survey is based on a substantial number of responses which are broadly representative of the global RICS population. A key implication is that “laggard” faculties include the disciplines of commercial property and valuation.

Practical implications – The research suggests that key stakeholders must work together to provide better information, guidance and education and training to “hardwire” the sustainability agenda across RICS faculties.

Originality/value – This is the first truly global survey of its kind and focuses particularly on those faculties that play a major role in property investment and finance (i.e. valuation and commercial property), comparing their position with that of other faculties in an international context.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017537

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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