The RIBA sent out this news cover informing members of the launch of Ska rating. It highlights nicely the free use of the system and is interesting that it describes it as diy! Very appropriate language and tag. Let’s see if it catches on!
“Fit-outs to compete for sustainability gold standard
Office fit-outs now have their very own sustainability rating system courtesy of the RICS and their development partners, who include a number of leading architects active in the sector. With the recession currently favouring refurbishment rather than new build accommodation, the new assessment system offers a means of demonstrating that existing stock too can be delivered to a highest of environmental standards.
Launched as Ska Rating, the system comprises no less than 99 good practice measures ranging from energy and CO2 emissions to waste, water and ‘wellbeing’. Depending on the subsequent score, projects can go on to achieve a gold, silver or bronze rating.
The RICS is promoting the formal assessment route, which will require companies to obtain a quality-assured certificate from a certified assessor, and is offered the necessary training courses for would-be assessors. However, it is also making all information – rating method, criteria and best practice guidance – freely available on the Ska Rating website.
This online facility includes an online assessment tool that is available for do-it-yourself fit-out assessments and, by extension, do-it-yourself ratings for fit-out clients.
The RICS is keen to stress that the rating system has been developed to suit the whole spectrum of owners and occupiers, including the smallest business. When the fit-out market is taken as a whole, this commercial sub-sector actually accounts for around 10% of total construction spend in the UK, according to the RICS.
Despite being formally launched last week, the rating system has been attracting attention on the sustainable construction front and has already managed to pick up several industry awards.”