1st Edition

Professional Ethics in Construction and Surveying

    188 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This textbook responds to the increasing demand for practical, industry aligned, ethical practices in quantity surveying, construction management and related AEC professions. Professional Ethics for Construction and Surveying addresses how existing ethical standards can be pragmatically applied to both private and contracting practice, with case studies aligned with the ethical requirements of the main professional bodies. After an introduction to ethics, the authors present real-world situations where the minimum legal and contractual requirements necessitate the combination of professional judgement and ethical decision-making. They outline how such situations arise, then address how decisions can and should be made that are in keeping with the moral, contractual and CSR requirements, with cases covering the building lifecycle from procurement to handover. Consequently, the book brings together ethical theory, existing worldwide ethical standards and the requirements of the RICS, the CIOB and the ICES, with the authors’ experiences of examining candidates for entry into the professional bodies.

    The result is a professionally focused textbook aimed at vocational learners (at both undergraduate and postgraduate taught levels) and practitioners in construction, engineering, architecture and the wider built environment.

    1. Introduction  2. The history, nature and importance of ethics  3. The UK construction industry and ethical considerations  4. Corporate social responsibility, social value and ethics  5. Social value, procurement and ethics  6. Professional bodies and ethics  7. Pre-design and design stage ethical dilemmas  8. Construction phase ethical dilemmas  9. Post-construction ethical dilemmas  10. Conclusion


    Greg Watts, BSc, PGCert, PGCAP, EngD, MRICS, FHEA is the Director of Quantity Surveying at the University of Salford, UK. He is also an RICS chartered quantity surveyor with 15 years’ experience in the construction industry and has published numerous conference and journal papers.

    Jason Challender, PhD, MSc, FRICS, FAPM, FAHE is the Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Salford, UK and a member of its Senior Leadership Team, responsible for overseeing a large department of approximately 350 estates and construction-related staff. He is also a construction academic researcher with two books and ten academic journal and conference papers published, all of which have been dedicated to his studies on collaborative procurement in the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Advance Higher Education (AHE) and the Association of Project Managers (APM). Furthermore, he is a Board Director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the North West Construction Hub.

    Anthony Higham, BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, MRICS, MCIOB, FHEA is a chartered quantity surveyor and chartered construction manager with over 20 years' experience spanning industry and academia. Anthony is currently Head of Construction and Management at the University of Salford, UK, and an Associate Tutor at the University College of Estate Management. Anthony has been professional review assessor for the Chartered Institute of Building since 2012 and has previously chaired the Science and Technology ethics committee at the University of Salford, UK.

    Peter McDermott is Professor of Construction Management in the School of the Built Environment, at the University of Salford, UK. He is a founder member and Joint Coordinator of the World CIB Working Commission (W92) into Construction Procurement. Peter has published widely in peer-reviewed papers and journals on the subjects of procurement and supply chains and social value and industry development.