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Patrice Cairns

Policy Manager
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Policy, Education, Communications

Tell us about your background and your current role…

I am a civil engineer and academic by background, with experience in lecturing at various universities within the UK. My doctoral research explored the impacts of extreme cyclical moisture changes on compacted backfill and foundation behaviour; addressing issues in regard to brownfield development and sustainable design. More recent roles, including my current role as RICS Policy Manager, have involved developing and promoting policy primarily across the key sectors of land, property and construction.

With regard to climate change what are the current issues facing your sector/area of expertise?

As RICS represents professionals covering every part of the built environment sector, accounting for up to 70% of global wealth, climate change issues can be wide ranging across land, construction, real estate and infrastructure. RICS have been addressing the impact on the natural and built environment, driving the sector and government to better adapt buildings, property assets and financial structures to the impacts of climate change through professional standards.

With regard to climate change, what do you expect the future issues and solutions to be in your sector/area of expertise?

RICS published its Global Climate Change Strategy in 2009, committing action to stress the value and potential of an emerging low–carbon property market. Since its publication, RICS have provided standards, guidance and information to enable qualified professionals to understand climate change, promote best practice across sectors and to take advantage of new markets. Research to date has included the development of a Commercial Real Estate Climate Change Model, and various flooding and property value publications.