In this issue we focus on data and cutting-edge tech, looking at how real estate can benefit.
RICS’ own data expert Andrew Knight gives the lowdown on cyber security, we explore blockchain’s potential to revolutionise housing transactions, and detail why data quality matters.
We had an excellent response to last issue’s article on digital transformation, which shows the appetite for greater integration of tech in real estate and the built environment. RICS aims to be at the forefront of these moves, encouraging members to take advantage of the exciting tools that enable better services and improved trust.
But people remain at the heart of real estate, so another article reflects on the importance of diversity and inclusion – and what every business can do to reap the benefits it brings. Don’t forget that the RICS Diversity and Inclusion Mark is a great way to help your business not only show its commitment but prove that it is adhering to best practice, whatever its size or location.
With an eye on developments around the world, this issue also travels to Hong Kong to hear about the challenges of property measurement and how international standards can help, and it goes to Florida to find out what workplace managers can learn from Walt Disney.
On the domestic front, we look at the housing shortage and the problems of poor-quality stopgap provision – could bringing more empty housing back into use offer a long-term solution? There’s also research into the effects of climate change at the level of the individual property, and an update on a legal challenge to a planning application over air pollution.
As usual, this issue presents helpful technical guidance for practitioners, continuing our series on rights of light, damp, and how the circular economy can be applied in office strip-outs.
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