Recently featured in the UK Government's Low Carbon Action Plan, SKA rating is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by RICS.

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SKA rating helps landlords and tenants assess fit-out projects against a set of sustainability good practice criteria. It is estimated that 11% of UK construction spending is on fit-outs and that buildings may have 30-40 fit-outs during their lifecycle.

Why a fit-out only system?

Previously, despite there being tools for assessing the environmental impact of whole buildings (e.g. BREEAM in the UK and LEED in the US), industry feedback indicated that certification of fit-out, especially on existing buildings, that attempts to use whole building systems were unsatisfactory both in terms of high costs and low relevance. Read more on the benefits of SKA

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How does it work?

The offices scheme consists of more than a hundred 'good practice' measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport.

This guidance is freely available along with an online assessment tool, which can be used informally or for formal certification using an RICS SKA rating accredited assessor. Assessments can be carried out at three stages: design, handover and occupancy. Find out how it works.

Accreditation and certification

We operate an accreditation scheme to enable qualified professionals to undertake quality assured SKA rating certification on behalf of organisations. Find out how to become an assessor.

Registers of accredited SKA Office and Retail assessors can be downloaded below.

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