RICS launches new guidance for the industry

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors released new guidelines for the construction industry today.
The QS and Construction Standards, known as the Black Book, include New Rules of Measurement (NRM) as tools for the construction industry to work collaboratively, efficiently and consistently.
Described as one of the most significant launches by RICS in the past 30 years, the standards are a comprehensive suite of documents that defines good technical standards for QS and Construction. The Black Book consists of 40-50 guidance notes that can assist with advising and educating those training, as well as competent quantity surveyors.
Director of built environment professional groups at RICS, Alan Muse said, “Endorsed by industry and welcomed by government, the Black Book and NRM suite see RICS delivering real value to its members and the construction industry in defining what good looks like.
“The use of these standards will provide clients with greater certainty and consistency in the construction process and will reduce risk, enabling a level playing field for clients to measure expectations against when procuring services, and for practitioners to benchmark their performance against.
“Clients and employers will likely reap cost and good practice efficiencies through the standardisation of construction and procurement costs and processes. If followed, these standards will form the basis of an efficient, cost effectively industry.”

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