There are many terms and abbreviations that may be confusing when working on projects with other companies. As a Commercial Lighting design and supply company, we want our customers to feel in the know. If you’ve heard of BREEAM and SKA then you may need some clarification on what it means, please read on.


What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the assessment method used for sustainable building design, construction and operation and is the most widely recognised evaluation on building performance.

BREEAM is intended to encourage designers, clients and others to;

  • Think about low carbon and low impact design

  • Minimise energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low carbon technologies

Aspects that are essential to BREEAM criteria include energy and water use, the internal environment, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes. 


Having a certified BREEAM building can give you the following benefits;

  • market recognition for low environmental impact buildings,
  • confidence that tried and tested environmental practices are incorporated in the building,
  • inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimize the environmental impact,
  • a benchmark that is higher than regulation,
  • a system to help reduce running costs and improve working and living environments,
  • A standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives.

What is SKA?

SKA rating is a certification intended for existing building fit-outs and is supported by RICS as well as many other organisations within the property industry. The rating varies depending on the ‘good practice’ measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport. With lighting, it is important that both light quality and energy efficiency meet the criteria along with the suitable controls. With a wide range of high efficiency fittings available from 299 Lighting, requirements are easy to meet and we can assist with the relevant benchmarks.

299 Lighting have supplied high efficiency light fittings in the past for BREEAM certified buildings such as the Chancellor’s building at Bath University.

Get in touch with us on 0203 7737530 to find out how we can help you achieve a BREEAM certified building with our in-house design team.


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