What is a Ska Rating?
The Ska Rating is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) environmental assessment method and sustainability award body. Launched in 2009, it helps landlords and tenants evaluate, rate and benchmark projects against a set of sustainability criteria.
There are many benefits to your business in using the Ska rating, here are several considerations:
• Reduced costs and carbon
By adhering to environmental good practice, occupiers may benefit from reduced operating costs; improved efficiency, carbon and energy savings and potential tax breaks such as Enhanced Capital Allowances. Office buildings are often large consumers of energy and water and produce a sizable portion of greenhouse gases. The UK Green Building Council estimates that commercial buildings account for 18% of UK carbon emissions.
• Healthy workplace
One of the assessment criteria of Ska is a healthy office environment which supports employee wellbeing. Numerous studies have shown this approach can help decrease staff absenteeism, presentism and increase motivation.
• Recruitment and retention
Demonstrating a company’s dedication to the environment can foster trust and inspire pride in staff members.
• Reinforced brand image
The knowledge that a company considers their social and environmental impact; embracing a wider global body of stakeholders can lead to positive brand awareness and an improved reputation.
• Links to other standards
A Ska certificate helps ensure that a fit out project is rated accurately and can be used to support environmental management systems, such as ISO 14001.
• Customer, stakeholder and investor perception
A Ska Rating certificate helps demonstrate that the occupier understands the importance of sustainability and has achieved a high standard with the property. This can feature in annual reports, environmental policy and displayed within a building.
It is estimated that 11% of UK construction expenditure is on relocations and refurbishments and that buildings may have between 30 to 40 fit outs during their lifecycle. So identifying and reducing waste and material use, which Ska encourages can only be a business benefit.