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The Black Book

The 'Black Book' is a suite of guidance notes that define good technical standards for quantity surveying and construction professionals. These standards are essential development tools for younger professionals working through their APC and useful guides to best practice for more experienced professionals.

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Rights of Light

The SCSI and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have published a joint guidance note for professionals on the topic of Rights of Light. With the direction and assistance of a cross-professional group specialist panel of chartered surveyors, this guidance deals with easements known as rights of light and outlines current best practice for surveyors in this field.

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Retention

This guidance note looks at the general principles of retention, including law; reasons for inclusion within a contract; retention levels and how amounts are deducted, certified or released. The guidance note also reviews common issues including financing; insolvency, and defects rectification.

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Valuing Change

This guidance note summarises what is meant by ‘change’ and how it is valued under the RIAI, Public Works, NEC and FIDIC forms of contract. Change is specifically defined within the standard forms of contract. This note offers guidance for the main Forms of Contract in most regular use.

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Surveys of Residential Property

Produced by the SCSI Building Surveying Professional Group Committee, this guidance has been developed to provide a defined structure to building inspections and reporting of information to clients. Given the complexities of different property categories requiring different types of reporting, this guidance note offers surveyors useful information to provide appropriate recommendations to their clients.

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SCSI Guidelines for the Use of GNSS in Surveying & Mapping, Guidance Note, (1st Edition)

This document is produced as a guidance note by SCSI, but is intended for general use by all professionals, providing advice on specific aspects of practice. Where procedures are recommended for specific professional or technical tasks, these are intended to embody 'best practice', i.e. procedures which demonstrate a high standard of professional competence.

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Measuring Practice: Guidance Notes

The code applies to all areas of property agency, marketing, rating, valuations and rent reviews. In addition, all references to floor areas should be accompanied by a reference to the measurement code adopted. Any deviation from the Code should be highlighted in any correspondence or material produced. The National Building Elements should be referred to for Building Cost Estimation.