The aim of this Toolkit is to help owners and occupiers design and deliver responsible office fit-outs that are conscious of their environmental impacts and support employee health, wellbeing and productivity.

It's provides clear, practical, non-technical guidance for all stakeholders involved in the fit-out process, and has been designed to be a valuable resource for the industry, bringing key guidance and resources all in one place.

For further information on how to make best use of the detailed information within the Toolkit, see the information contained within the principles below.


1. What is the scope?


Each section of the Toolkit follows the chronological order of the fit-out process; however, they can be read independently. Readers can dip into sections that have particular interest to them or share with relevant stakeholders and teams. Where other sections of the Toolkit are closely related and relevant, content is easily signposted with links.

2. How is information presented?


Each section of the fit-out process is a key intervention point where owners, occupiers and their representatives can engage, collaborate and share information.

Within each section, there are headline points, as well as the ability to explore these further through click throughs and accordion features. Readers can first take an overview, then choose to explore those areas that interest them most. Each section provides guidance content and often features drop down notices providing greater detail and/or summary information.

The Requirements Framework section differs slightly from the other sections. It provides in-depth guidance on the design principles of a responsible office fit-out and aims to set out what occupiers could request of their design team. Pages within the Requirements Framework identify the ‘Opportunities’ of design solutions; ‘Design Principles’ to be discussed with design teams; ‘Further Information’ containing links relevant industry guidance; 'Rating References' provides links to relevant sections of industry rating schemes; and finally provides a ‘Solutions Scrapbook’ (see 3. Inspiring).

3. Who is it for?


This resource brings together a myriad of guidance and information on the fit-out process into one place. The toolkit has been designed to be relevant to a range of stakeholders and teams. For example, for:

Owners - it sets out the benefits of a sustainable fit-out and highlights the information that should be provided to and requested from the occupier and their representatives at key intervention points of the fit-out process. This guide can also be used as a practical resource for any occupier seeking further information on how to incorporate sustainability within their fit-out.

Occupiers - it sets out the benefits of a sustainable fit-out and highlights the information that should be provided to and requested from the owner and their representatives at key intervention points of the fit-out process. This guide also provides practical design principles and examples that can be used when setting a requirements brief and articulating aspirations to a design team.

Design Consultants - it set-out why clients should be interested in incorporating sustainability principles within their fit-outs, providing opportunities for consultants to showcase how they can deliver such services.

4. Does it include industry examples?


Yes. The 'Solutions Scrapbook' provides examples of responsible fit-outs in practice. Collected from across the property industry, and including BBP member examples, these case study snippets not only demonstrate what is possible, but also present potential organisations and contacts that can be further explored in order to gain from their experience. 

5. How can I contribute?


This Toolkit has been created as an online resource to enable updates to information to be made easily when relevant changes occur, such as new legislation or new references sources becoming available. It also allows for greater collation and sharing of stories of sustainable fit-outs from across our membership and the wider industry.

This Toolkit has been designed to continually evolve, the BBP therefore welcomes any additional insight, experience or examples that readers have to offer that can be included within the Toolkit. If you would like to propose any resource or example for the Toolkit, please Contact Us with details. 

Disclaimer: This Toolkit has been published in good faith by the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), and shall not incur any liability or any action or omission arising out of any reliance being placed on the Toolkit by any organisation or other person. Any organisation or other person using this Toolkit should take their own legal financial and other relevant provision advice when considering what action (if any) in respect of any proposal, design or other involvement with any fit-out process, or before placing any reliance on anything contained therein. By acting on any information included within the Toolkit, any party relaying on it accepts that no individual is personally liable in contract, tort, or breach of statutory duty (including negligence).

While steps have been taken to ensure its accuracy, the Better Buildings Partnership cannot be held liable to any person for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the information in this Toolkit being inaccurate, incomplete or misleading. The listing or featuring of a particular product or organisation does not constitute an endorsement by the BBP, and the BBP cannot guarantee the performance of individual products or materials. For more details refer to our Terms & Conditions on our website.