I am a second year undergraduate, studying Psychology at UCL and have been working as Grigoriou Interiors’ Marketing Intern for the past 7 weeks. Grigoriou Interiors selected me and together we applied for funding from UCL Advances Summer Internship scheme, which we were successful in obtaining. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the construction industry and the huge importance of sustainability and wellbeing within this sector. One of these insightful occasions came when I was invited to sit in on a workshop given by Elina Grigoriou to a group of young people from the Construction Youth Trust (CYT).
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.
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.
The future of the built environment lies on the wellbeing of the people who occupy them. This target for business growth will assure a sustainable future, as the aims of the built environment should be to support the objectives of the communities it serves. We expand and support this statement in this post and look forward to your feedback.
The Feeling Good series examines how a growing body of scientific research can add value to the interiors industry, promote human wellbeing and have a positive effect on the client’s finances.
Evidence Based Design (EBD), now well accepted in healthcare architecture, analyses how a well conceived physical environment can promote wellbeing. Every party within the interiors industry has an opportunity now to implement this research and provide long term benefits for the end-users. By applying EBD to places of work, schools and homes, the industry has the chance to increase and sustain wellbeing for all.
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.
The industry event spectacular Ecobuild, held 3-5 March 2015, consistently presents a wealth of environment-focussed technologies, ideas and creative people. Its conference programme seeks to encourage healthy debate around some of the hottest issues within design and construction today.
Amid the iconic Eden Project quarry, another pioneering green building project is underway, and Grigoriou Interiors are excited to announce their role!
The first interior fit-out products and materials, assessed by Grigoriou Interiors on behalf of the RICS, that have been awarded the SKA Product Compliant Label are:
In the past few years Grigoriou Interiors has been part of a concerted effort amongst sustainability professionals to present and define ways in which we, as designers, can inform our decisions in the office environment. How do we go about quantifying and presenting a business case for promoting wellbeing of occupants in office environments? What aspects of design should we be aware of? How do they affect our productivity and happiness at work? These questions have long posed a challenge in our field of design consultancy.