The Ska rating is an environmental assessment, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs in the UK. Sentinel’s James Pack co-founded the methodology with fit out contractor Skansen in 2006.
Although there are established tools for assessing the environmental impact of whole buildings, such as BREEAM and LEED, the certification of fit-outs, especially on existing buildings, was unsatisfactory both in terms of high costs and low relevance. To address this, Ska Rating was developed bringing together the expertise and requirements of designers, contractors, corporate occupiers, managing agents and consultants.
The Ska Rating scores individual projects within buildings irrespective of the base build. This means that Ska is a more flexible environmental assessment method for green building projects, covering fit-out, refurbishment and retrofit projects in non-domestic buildings. Ska consists of 104 individual good-practice measures covering Energy and CO2, Waste, Water, Materials, Wellbeing, Pollution and Transport with assessments carried out at three stages: Design, Delivery and Occupancy. Projects can achieve ratings of Bronze, Silver or Gold based on meeting a percentage of measures relevant to the project’s scope of works.
“Without James’ involvement and leadership there would be no Ska Rating system as we know it today. I worked alongside James in the development of Ska for almost 5 years since he was leader of the original Development Committee and during the RICS’ continued development. As one of the founding fathers James has always had a clear vision for how Ska can add value to industry through greening the fit out sector because he knows the sector top to bottom. I’ve been constantly impressed by James’s energy, enthusiasm and influencing skills.”
Tim Robinson, RICS