Green Room joins with RICS to develop retail sustainability rating

Retail design practice Green Room has joined with RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) as development partner for the new Ska Rating for Retail and Restaurants.

Under RICS direction and guidance, Green Room is now collaborating with colleagues from across the industry – including retailers, chartered surveyors, fit-out contractors and construction and property consultants – to develop an environmental labeling method suitable for the needs of retail and restaurants.

Green Room is the exclusive retail design partner within the group.

The Ska Rating is an environmental assessment tool that helps organisations achieve more sustainable fit outs. Originally developed as a means of rating and comparing the environmental performance of office fit out projects, the Ska Rating is quickly becoming the established assessment tool within the sector.

Based on this success, the tool is now being extended to apply to retail and restaurant fit outs, a sector which has lacked comprehensive, global best practice guidelines.

Other assessment tools exist in various markets, but these are often dependent on the fabric of the building. The RICS tool assesses purely the interior fit out: the element   within the retailer’s control.

Richard Ash, founder and chief executive at Green Room comments: “RICS approached a small number of recognised experts engaged in the retail and restaurant fit out process with an invitation to develop a tool fit for retail purposes. This collaborative approach to development worked well for the original version and it gives the industry an opportunity to shape a tool that better meets their needs.

“Green Room has long championed sustainable design so was an obvious choice to represent the design sector and we are only too happy to lend our expertise to the group.”

Tim Robinson, director of information products group at RICS comments: “The Ska Rating has already gained considerable traction in the office fit out industry because it is seen to fill a gap in measuring the sustainability impact of projects. Retailers have a growing appetite for demonstrating the environmental performance of their stores and the Ska Rating offers a simple way to measure and reward good practice.

“The intention is to have a fully-operational Ska Rating for Retail and Restaurants freely available for industry use by the end of the year.”

Early pilot projects are underway with the Nationwide Building Society and restaurant chain Wahaca. In each case, the system has helped the design and delivery team to achieve a more sustainable outcome.

For more information about the Ska Rating, email ska@rics.org or visit www.rics.org/ska.

 

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