Professional Standards

The SCSI produces practice statements, codes of practice, guidance notes and information papers for the property, land and construction surveying disciplines. These are available to download for free by SCSI members.

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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.