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Switched on: Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in the land and property business

In the current economic climate, no one wants to waste money, and the priority for most businesses--including land surveyors--is making sure you're still around, and in a reasonably healthy state, whenever the recovery comes.

By Steve McCormack
Thursday, 29 January 2009
In the current economic climate, no one wants to waste money, and the priority for most businesses is making sure they're still around, and in a reasonably healthy state, whenever the recovery comes.
Nowhere is this more true than in the land and property field, where the usual time frame for investment decisions is one of decades rather than months or years. So there's a powerful argument that this is a good time for those within the sector whose job it is to promote ideas of sustainability.
"My thinking is that sustainability is all about opportunities to help businesses save money and to get things in the right shape for when the economy picks up," explains Arlette Anderson, head of sustainability at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a post created at the end of last year.
She's set herself the task of creating, within RICS, a centre of excellence on sustainability issues, which will support surveyors in all fields to help advise their clients, whether in building new developments or managing existing ones.
So how does she define the term at the heart of her job title?
"I'm balancing economic, environmental and social objectives on a global, national and local level for land, property and construction," she says. ...

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