What does a SKA Rating Mean for Commercial Fit Outs?
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  • What Does a SKA Rating Mean for Commercial Fit Outs? The Oktra Guide

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  • With the UK declaring a state of climate and environment emergency in 2019, sustainability measures are increasingly front of mind for both landlords and tenants.

    Prioritising sustainability in your commercial fit out has both a positive environmental and financial impact, from lower construction and operational costs, to higher asset value and occupancy rates. A sustainable build also reinforces a company’s Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategy – something stakeholders are paying an increasing amount of attention to.

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  • What is the SKA rating?

    The SKA rating is a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit outs. It helps landlords and tenants assess fit out projects against a set of sustainability good practice criteria known as good practice measures (GPM). The SKA rating is one of the many accreditation schemes established to help businesses prioritise sustainability in a quantifiable way.

  • How does the SKA rating work?

    The SKA rating was developed in light of industry feedback that previously available tools for assessing buildings weren’t always suitable for fit out projects. So, a team of designers, contractors, occupiers, agents and consultants were involved in the creation of a new assessment: the SKA rating.

    The SKA guide documents over 100 GPM that the project team can implement – some measures have a higher sustainability impact than others, and are ranked accordingly. To ensure teams target an appropriate range of measures, each project must achieve a certain number of the highest-ranked GPM in order to be scored. These measures are referred to as gateway measures and are the key to achieving certification.

    Projects can achieve a SKA Bronze, Silver or Gold rating.

  • The SKA assessment criteria

    The GPM that make up the SKA assessment criteria cover 8 different categories:

    • Energy
    • CO2
    • Waste
    • Water
    • Pollution
    • Transport
    • Materials
    • Wellbeing
  • SKA rating and BREEAM comparison

    A BREEAM assessment is another tool for certifying the environmental qualities of a construction project. Depending upon an organisation’s sustainability objectives, a SKA rating or a BREEAM assessment may be better suited to their project. The following comparison between the two is designed to give businesses a rough idea of which accreditation scheme they’d like to pursue.

  • SKA rating with Oktra

    We work directly with consultants to make sure our clients’ projects achieve all desired certifications. For every project with a sustainability objective, a consultant will work with the project team to align the design with all necessary scoring criteria.

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  • “Sustainability is such a broad term and can mean so many different things. The SKA rating offers a simple and easy-to-follow framework that not only describes and defines what a sustainable office looks like, but outlines the most important elements to focus on. Following the Ska guidelines ensures that the project can achieve a certain level of sustainability in an objective way.”


  • The Guide to Green Building Rating Schemes

    To learn more about rating schemes for sustainability and occupant wellbeing – including step-by-step breakdowns of the assessment processes – download our free guide.

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  • Interested in learning more about obtaining a SKA rating? Contact us below or take a look at some of our SKA-rated projects.

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