We are extremely proud to announce that our very own Elina Grigoriou has been awarded the prestigious Honorary membership of RICS (HonRICS). Fewer than 200 honorary memberships have been awarded worldwide over the past 150 years since the RICS was founded. The award is in recognition of her work in promoting the surveying profession through the […]Read More
The move towards a circular economy can be seen in SKA through the materials and waste sections that have been strengthened in the new Higher Education scheme; highlighted in this post with the inclusion of a Good Practice Measure (GPM) for a ‘campus-wide furniture storage logistics framework’. The disposal of old furniture and procurement of new furniture […]Read More
Imagine a world where hospital patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive and communities where people are happier and healthier. What if I tell you that this is all possible? The solution is simple and has always been around: nature. Biophilia is the effect that describes […]Read More
Strong growth and greater familiarity of sustainable practice within the interior fit-out arena has seen new sectors look at adopting the SKA rating assessment method; SKA rating for Higher Education (SKA HE) is the latest scheme to launch. With an increasing number of students considering a university’s sustainability and wellbeing credentials within their selection criteria – […]Read More
Following a lengthy, eventful, but solid research and development stage for the new SKA scheme for Higher Education spaces and laboratories, it is now available as a draft to review for comments.Read More
The UK Green Building Council is catalysing private sector action to help ensure a positive outcome from COP21 (http://www.cop21paris.org/) and as members we have made our pledgeRead More
A recent open-mic session hosted during the Disruptive Innovation Festival discussed the ins and outs of creating a Product Passport scheme for manufactured goods. Speakers included Stephane Arditi, Policy Manager for the European Environmental Bureau, and Carston Wacholz, Resource use and EU Product Policy Officer at the EEB.Read More
A page, in the recent 2015 edition of the RICS mechanical and electrical manual, is devoted to SKA Rating and its product label. RICS have mentioned key developments of SKA Rating, including: Volume certification for the retail scheme allowing clients to assess fit-out activity across their branches; the SKA tool for Higher Education which assists in the assessment of laboratories, lecture spaces and other facilities; and the SKA Product Label which provides a directory for products and materials that are proven to be SKA compliant.Read More
Gresham Street, London was selected to become the new state-of-the-art London HQ for Bilfinger GVA, with a project brief that included sustainability at its heart. Grigoriou Interiors were appointed as SKA rating assessors with an original aspiration to achieve Silver, which soon increased to Gold.
What is SKA rating and what does ‘SKA’ stand for?
SKA rating is a name, not an abbreviation. It is short for Skansen, a fit-out company which initially funded the first pilots with Faber Maunsell at the time and the RICS was doing the research to support the project. They invested a lot just to develop the initial philosophy, which they called SKA.