Whatever your starting point, a SKA rating will enable you to measure 100% of the environmental performance of an office fit-out. Since SKA rating does not consider the base build, it measures only what you do to add value to your property.

Key aspects of the rating system

  • Flexible scoping: match the rating to the scope of the fit-out 
  • Easy-to-use online tool
  • A label that is clear and easy to understand: Bronze, Silver and Gold, plus a percentage score 
  • A formal, quality assured scheme for those who require a certificate
  • Applicable to offices 
  • Applicable to retail

SKA comprises more than a hundred 'good practice' measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport. An example of a good practice measure is that when wooden flooring is stripped out, it should be sent for re-use to a salvage yard instead of to landfill.

Full lists of good practice measures can be found on our pages on SKA rating for offices, retail and higher education.

Measures in Scope

Each good practice measure is explained in a datasheet explaining the criteria that need to be achieved, the rationale behind the measure and guidance on how to achieve it.

Because each fit-out project is unique in terms of employers' requirements, the building or site, and scope of works, SKA rating scores the project only on the basis of those measures that are relevant to the project. These are called 'Measures in Scope'. Typically, between 30 and 60 measures are likely to apply to most projects. The score is ranked in three thresholds: Bronze, Silver and Gold. These thresholds are reached by achieving 25%, 50% and 75% respectively, of the measures in scope.

What are 'Gateway Measures'?

Some measures are more important from a sustainability perspective, so the measures are ranked from one to 99, (one is the highest and 99 the lowest). To ensure that teams do not just target the easiest measures, the project has to achieve a number of the highest ranked measures in scope in order to score; these are known as Gateway Measures.

Assessment process

As with any fit-out project, the SKA assessment process is broken into three stages:

  1. Design/Planning. At this stage we identify the measures and issues in scope. Once the Measures in Scope are identified, the client has the opportunity to prioritise which measures they want to achieve and make a decision against design, cost, programme and benefit, and add them into the scope of works for the project. This will also set the environmental performance standards for how the project is delivered, in terms of waste and energy in use, etc. Then, if the specification demonstrates that these measures are likely to be achieved, they will be reflected in an indicative rating.
  2. Delivery/Construction. This involves the gathering of evidence from O&M manuals and other sources to prove that what has been specified has actually been delivered, and that the performance and waste benchmarks have been achieved.
  3. Occupancy Stage Assessment. Finally, there is the option to review how well a fit-out has performed in use against its original brief from a year after completion.

For further information

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