For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley


RICS HomeBuyer Report

The RICS HomeBuyer Service becomes mandatory on 1 January 2010 when the current Homebuyer Survey and Valuation service is phased out.  The product of the new service is the HomeBuyer Report (HBR), replacing the Homebuyer Survey and Valuation (HSV) report with a document that aims to be more concise and user-friendly for the typical homebuyer.

Barry Hall FRICS, chairman of the RICS Residential Survey and Valuation Group, will explain the rationale for and the implementation of the new HomeBuyer Report.

Designing out crime from the built environment

Social behaviour, and in the context of this talk, criminal behaviour, is affected by the design of the built environment.  Good design can contribute to "safer places", but poor design facilitates crime and anti-social behaviour.

On 2 November 2011, Dave Stubbs, a former Crime Prevention Design Adviser at Thames Valley Police, gave a talk entitled "Designing out crime from the built environment" at Edward Brooks Barracks, Abingdon.

Green Roofs - More Than Just Sedum

This is a presentation by Oxford Green Roofs Ltd, designers of green roofs, and Wild Flower Turf, suppliers of wild flower turf.  With careful planting a green roof can provide many years of richly attractive habitat for bees, butterflies, ladybirds and people to enjoy.

Oxford Green Roofs Ltd will give a presentation of how green roofs can enhance the environment, provide enrichment for native wildlife and create a beautiful space for everyone's enjoyment.  The talk will guide you through the design process and the technical details and present case studies.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

This landmark legislation strengthens, harmonises and streamlines 40 years of equality legislation, providing protection from discrimination across all the ?protected characteristics?: age, disability, sex (including gender reassignment), race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation. The Equality Act affects you as an employer and service provider and applies whatever the size of your organisation or the sector in which you work.

The health and safety file - an essential update for CDM-Cs

"The Health and Safety File" is an evening talk by Richard Habgood, president-elect of the Association for Project Safety (APS), which aims to present what every CDM-C needs to know to comply with Regulation 20(2)(e) and 22(2)(f), understanding paras. 263 to 268 from the ACoP "Managing health and safety in construction".

The talk covers:  preparing, compiling, delivering, updating and reviewing health and safety files, incorporating building operation and maintenance information.