Regulars04_FEEDBACKYour views on Modus and the profession, and the latest poll
06_INTELLIGENCEGlobal news, plus opinions, reviews and reactions
35_LAW ADVICEProposed changes to real estate investment trusts
41_BUSINESS ADVICEHow to go about applying for business lending
Features14_THE MONEY MACHINEA look at the ever-shifting landscape of mortgage lending in the UK 20_SELF BUILDOpportunities for surveyors in the custom-homes sector
24_TOP TIERThe worlds leading locations for commercial property investment
26_10 MONEY-SAVING IDEASInspiring examples from the built environment of how to improve the bottom line
32_10 MINUTES WITHChris Brown FRICS, CEO of Igloo Regeneration
36_PRIVATE FINANCEHave the current PPP and PFI models had their day?
In formation43_RICS NEWSNews and updates, plus a message from the President
51_EVENTSTraining and conference dates for your diary
55_RECRUITMENTThe latest job opportunities from across the industry
58_THE MEASUREHouse prices and ownership worldwide
Contents NO 1604.12 //THE MONEY ISSUEThey say necessity is the mother of invention, and the economic challenges of the
past few years have forced us all to innovate and improve effi ciency. This month,
we round up 10 inspiring examples of projects that have made substantial cost
savings (page 26), and look at the opportunities offered by the burgeoning self-
build sector (page 20). The fi nancial landscape of buying and selling houses has
shifted signifi cantly since the credit crisis this issues lead feature (page 14)
considers the positive consequence of a more stable, considered mortgage market.
Elsewhere, we question the future of PFI as a viable procurement method (page 36),
meet a chartered surveyor involved in a sustainable regeneration fund (page 32) and
explore the worlds top locations for commercial real estate investment (page 24).
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specifi c sustainability criteria such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, will invariably be detrimental to the natural environment, and so to aggregated sustainability criteria, through habitat loss, embodied energy, energy in use, transport etc, and that environmental impacts per person are signifi cantly reduced by living in larger households, as much less heating energy per person is needed, for example. The perceived housing crisis may well be a political/economic issue rather than one of housing numbers. Meanwhile, for economic activity, there are more than 20m homes that probably need maintaining, upgrading and retrofi tting.Dr Brian Pilkington MRICS, University of Plymouth
MEASURED RESPONSETo comment on Sally Anne Longdens thoughts [in the Feedback section of the March issue] about the metric system, I must take you back to 1950 when, as a pupil
quantity surveyor, I spent my working day struggling with duodecimals. Without any type of calculators, we all became excellent at mental arithmetic. To illustrate my thoughts, I off er you a little challenge: how many square feet is the result of three feet two inches multiplied by eight feet fi ve inches? Please note you are not allowed to cheat as you have only a pencil and paper, and reducing inches to a decimal of a foot is not allowed. Maybe you have begun to change your mind?
In 1950 the world was a very different place, with all sorts of archaic imperial measurements still being used. Pounds, shillings and pence were not metricated (and that included hapennies and farthings), steelwork was measured in tonnes and hundredweights, we still had bulk structural timber in super feet (timber reduced to one-inch thickness regardless of its scantling), and let us not forget squares, acres and rods. If you really want a return to imperial measurement, be careful what you wish for.Richard Burton Jacob FRICS, Australia
A TRUE CRISIS?In response to Andrew Heywoods Social imbalance article in the March issue of Modus, can we be certain there is a housing crisis in terms of housing numbers, as is so often assumed since Kate Barkers housing review? It should probably be borne in mind that the Barker report was commissioned by and for the Treasury, rather than to seek housing solutions per se. Andrew flags up the number of housing completions between 1980 and 2010 as being only 5m, a lower rate than the post-war period. National Statistics show that the population (rather than households) increased by 5.4m over the same period, so 5m might seem quite reasonable. There are currently around 800,000 empty homes; there may be anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5m second and holiday homes; possible floorspace for 1.5m homes in existing redundant or empty commercial property; and the results of a DETR [Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions] survey towards the end of the 20th century identifi ed 400km2 of derelict land.
It may be that we dont need any new estates on greenfi eld land and we dont need as many houses as often claimed, unless for their contribution towards economic activity. It may be possible that housing demand could be reduced signifi cantly (ie housing crisis averted) and social cohesion increased by offering fiscal and cultural incentives to encourage larger households, such as extended family living. We know that new houses and loss of greenfield and natural land, even when complying to
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