New European standards will soon be upon us, while housing remains an enormous challenge.
First let me congratulate Colin Bray on his election as President of the Society. Colin is the first geomatics surveyor to lead the SCSI. Geomatics surveying, although one of the smallest practice groups, is increasingly important, given the increasing use of digital technology in construction, real estate and the built environment more generally. All surveyors need to acquaint themselves with the potential of new technologies, and I am sure that members will become more enlightened about this in the course of Colin’s tenure at the helm of the Society.
Can I direct readers’ attention to the article by Joseph Little, ‘Surfing waves of change’ on page 27? This deals with the Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Standard, an EU-wide jump in energy efficiency requiring all new buildings that will be occupied by the public sector to meet NZEB in just five months’ time. All other buildings must meet the standard just two years later, including all dwellings. This is a very significant development, which will have an effect on construction and property professionals and their clients. Many surveyors may not appreciate that this is imminent.
Finally, another edition of this Journal has a cover relating to housing. Lisa Cassidy asks if there is an asset bubble in the Dublin housing market, and tries to answer the question in an interesting way by using an economic model based on a concept of intrinsic value. Lisa concludes that property professionals believe there is no bubble, but the fact remains that housing is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the Government. The SCSI has made noteworthy contributions to understanding the issues involved, and I have no doubt about housing appearing in future editions, as this is a problem likely to get worse before it is solved.