Environmental and Sustainability Building Schemes
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed by the U.S. Green building Council which acts as a certification system for green building projects. It aims to help those involved with construction, interior design, operation and maintenance of green buildings and neighbourhoods to be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) since 1990 is an established method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings. It raises awareness amongst owners, occupiers, designers and operators of the benefits of taking a sustainable approach. It helps them to cost effectively and adopt sustainable solutions and provides market recognition of their achievements.
SKA Rating based in the UK and operated by RICA, Ska Rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs. Relating to the commercial field of office/education/retail fit-outs which change frequently it offers a sustainable guide to enable good practice in building, interior design and operation. It benchmarks the performance of fit-outs against each other and the rest of the industry.