Going green: Gold Ska Rating for Nationwide's Guildford branch

Building society is the only financial services provider with top Ska Rating for retail fit-outs

16 September 2013

Nationwide Building Society's Guildfordi retail branch has been awarded a Gold Ska Rating by RICS – highlighting its top environmental credentials. This is Nationwide's second Gold Ska Rating, having been awarded this rating for its Oxford pilot, while the Threadneedle Street (London) branch is in line to receive the same award in the near futureii. The Society is committed to achieving more Ska ratings for future refurbishments and continues to be the only financial services provider and only one of two brandsiii with a Gold Ska Rating for retail fit-outs.

Operated by RICS, Ska Rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs and enables companies to measure the environmental performance of an office or retail fit-out. Ska comprises a number of 'good practice' measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport. Nationwide's Guildford branch met a total of 65 measures, achieving a score of 74.71% to earn the Gold Ska rating.

Chris Shott, Head of Property & Corporate Services at Nationwide, said: "To achieve Gold, we engaged with our suppliers early on during the design of the branch and targeted the highest standard of sustainability. This is just the beginning; we're aiming to get more Ska ratings and we will be using the Guildford branch as a template for future fit-outs. We're really pleased with the result and strongly believe our employees and members will like the re-fitted branch."

Tim Robinson, Director of Information Products at RICS, said: "Nationwide have gain demonstrated their commitment to embracing leadership levels of good practice in sustainable fit-out using Ska Rating."

Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with Nationwide and, as a mutual, it recognises its impact on the communities and environments in which it operates. The Society has a bold vision to be one of the leading performers of environmental sustainability in UK financial services and has set some challenging targets:

  • Carbon – to ensure its 2020/21 carbon emissionsiv remain at or below its 2011 baseline levels
  • Water – to reduce the water consumption of its operations by 10% by 2015 from its 2011 baseline
  • Waste – to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2015

Further information about Nationwide's environmental vision.

Notes to editors

i The Guildford branch is located at 32-34 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3EL.

ii The Threadneedle Street (London) branch achieved a Gold Ska Rating during the design phase. Nationwide is waiting for confirmation from RICS regarding its final rating.

iii Lush is the only other brand with a Gold Ska Rating for retail fit-outs.

iv Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions. Scope 1 emissions are 'direct' emissions from the consumption of gas and diesel oil in our building and emission from the fuel used in our fleet vehicles. Scope 2 carbon emissions are indirect emissions from our electricity consumption.

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