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RICS reveals new Ska Rating

The RICS launched a new version of its Ska Rating sustainability tool at this year’s Ecobuild event held in London in March.

The latest update to the RICS environmental performance rating method allows owners and occupiers to better understand the commercial and environmental performance of their office fit-out, by measuring their energy and water consumption in the 12 months following the completion of the project.

The Ska Rating website explains that the performance benchmarking tool comprises a broad range of good practice measures that cover energy and CO2, waste, water, pollution, transport, materials and wellbeing. Each of these indicators is explained in a datasheet detailing the criteria that need to be achieved, the rationale behind the measure and guidance on how to accomplish it. Because every fit-out is different, only those measures relevant to the scope of the works are chosen and the project rated against them. 

Following industry consultation and feedback from users, the RICS has now reviewed all 104 Good Practice Measures and created the new occupancy stage assessment to complement the existing design and handover stage assessments.

Ska Rating users will now be asked to conduct a review of the good practice measures achieved during the fit out, including measuring the energy and water consumption levels as well as the way in which waste and recycling activities are managed.

The RICS hopes the changes introduced will help owners and occupiers better understand the business case for sustainable good practice. The aim is to allow them to demonstrate the cost savings that can be achieved via a more environmentally-friendly fit out and by using the updated too, they may be able to upgrade their original Ska Rating.

For more information, go to www.ska-rating.com.

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Watts Bulletin editor: Trevor Rushton.