It’s an environmental benchmarking and rating tool for interior design and fit-out projects. The system has been adopted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and will enable you to measure 100% of the environmental performance of an office fit-out. It will allow the sustainability of existing building stock to be improved, where a BREEAM rating would not be achievable.
Ska Ratings will be certified by accredited assessors such as Elina Grigoriou, who has been involved in the development committee. They can also be used simply as a measure of good practice for sustainable refurbishments.
Look at the RICS website for information on key aspects of the rating system and how the assessment process is broken down. The rating covers a wide range of aspects, including energy, materials, transport, waste and water.
The rating helps organisations achieve more sustainable fit-outs but isn’t a requirement – it’s a framework for designers and contractors who are willing to go the extra mile regarding sustainability. But as this increasingly becomes a requirement amongst clients and specifiers, hopefully sustainable fit-outs and refurbishments will become the norm.