SKA Accredited Assessors
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SKA rating is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by RICS.
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.
Project teams interested in fitting out spaces in an environmentally sustainable way can use the SKA rating method to:
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.
As with any fit-out project, the SKA assessment process is broken into three stages:
SKA rating is designed to be of particular use for occupiers but has benefits for other property stakeholders, including landlords, developers, consultants, fit-out contractors, and members of the supply chain.
Skansen is an interior construction company dedicated to creating outstanding working environments. In particular, Skansen is committed to environmental best practice in minimising the environmental impact of our construction projects and operations generally.
In 2005, Skansen initiated a research project with RICS and AECOM to establish whether it was possible to measure either the environmental impact of fit-outs, or measure or codify good environmental practice on fit-out projects in order to remove the ambiguity prevalent in the fitting out and refurbishment industry. The result of this project was SKA rating.
Skansen continues to be an active SKA rating development partner.