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RICS Going for Green 2012

by Mel Starrs on June 26, 2012

in Green Building Rating

I first blogged the RICS Going for Green Report back in July last year. I hadn’t realised the report was going to be an annual affair – as a stats geek, I’m over the moon. The May 2012 version can be downloaded here.

 The great new addition to the report is the focus on existing buildings. As the report points out, LEED and the US is miles ahead of the European market regarding labelling existing buildings:

…successful LEED certification of new build and resulting higher rents and fewer void periods have put the existing stock under such pressure that it simply had to catch up. In 2010, more existing buildings were registered for certification than for new build for the first time.

It’s a shame that the launch of BREEAM Refurbishment has been put back to 2013 (I will comment on BREEAM for Domestic Refurb soon!).

The stats from the first year are presented again in the same form, showing the figures for the year before, and a new graphic added for existing buildings:

The UK is lagging behind France and Belgium – I had wondered if this is to do with the availability of a suitable scheme, as HQE is so far ahead in France, but the Belgian numbers appear to be for BREEAM. Very odd. I’ll do a bit of digging and see what the explanation could be.

I found myself referring to the previous years report throughout the year, and I suspect I will be doing the same again this year. Bravo RICS – I hope we can look forward to another edition next year.