Breeam, Leed, Ska & Well

Green building schemes such as BREEAM, LEED, SKA and WELL help companies reduce their carbon footprint and create healthier working environments. They do this by reducing or eliminating negative impacts, simultaneously improving health through cleaner air and water and less toxins.


BREEAM was established in 1990 in the UK, mainly for new build fit outs. It was the first environmental assessment method for new buildings and now used in over 50 countries worldwide.

BREEAM measures sustainable value in 10 categories including: Management, Health & Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, Pollution and Innovation.

It’s not often applied to furniture but credits are available for certified timber, product EPDs, low VOCs and chemicals. Credits are also available for furniture re-use.


LEED was established in 1998 in the US by the US Green Building Council, mainly for new build fit outs and refurbishments, and is gaining in global popularity.

LEED measures sustainable value across 5 categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Furniture credits are available for certified timber, product EPDs, low VOCs and chemicals. Credits are also available for furniture re-use.


SKA was established in 2009 in the UK by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Similar to BREEAM and LEED, it focused on refurbishment works only.

Ska measures sustainable value across 8 categories including: Energy Use, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Materials, Waste, Water, Wellbeing, Pollution and Transport.

Furniture credits are available for
certified timber, product EPDs, Ecolabels, and low VOCs. Credits are also available for furniture re-use.


WELL was established in 2014 in the US, administered by the WELL Building Institute.  It is the first building standard to focus on enhancing the health and wellbeing of users in the built environment for new build fit outs and refurbishments, and is gaining in global popularity.

It measures sustainable value across 10 categories including: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind, Community and Innovation.

Furniture credits are available in movement and materials categories.

Frequently asked questions

Do you deliver and install my furniture?

JPA deliver and fully install all furniture supplied, with our very own teams of fitters in easily recognisable red liveried vehicles. Our fitters are fully trained (and DBS checked for peace of mind) and will deliver and assemble your new furniture as part of the job, leaving it ready for you to use straight away. We’ll show you how it works just in case and then also remove any packaging materials for recycling, with nothing going to landfill.

Can you help me with planning my space?

Our design team can help you plan and furnish all types and sizes of workspace including fixed desks, hot desks, breakout and collaborative spaces, chill and café spaces, meeting and mixing spaces. We help you make the most of your space, dealing with all legislative and regulatory issues so you don’t have to, whilst creating effective, engaging areas for your teams to work, rest and play.

What if I need help after my furniture has been delivered?

Because we only sell products from robust, tried and tested manufacturers, we underwrite all factory warranties free of charge. We’re happy to work with your cleaning and maintenance teams to show them how to get the best from your furniture, and also to give product training and refresher training as needed. If hot desking means that someone else keeps adjusting your chair, you need to know how to re-set it to make it work for you and get comfy. We’re here to before, during and after furniture installation.

What do I do with my old furniture?

The good news is that JPA have an award-winning furniture collection, re-use and recycling programme already in place. We can discuss options for removal of your old furniture when planning your new furniture, but can also collect your unwanted furniture as a stand alone service. Either way, we guarantee that none of your unwanted furniture goes to landfill. Simply get in touch for more details.
JPA are fully operational right now – we are quoting, taking orders, delivering and installing!

My office space is going to have to change after covid – can you help with planning?

Our teams are helping all types of organisations plan for safe return to work including layout changes, safety screens, vaccination pods and creating extra working spaces.

I need a chair for my home, can you supply it?

We have a homeworking chair and furniture programme in place with 5 day delivery – please ask for more details

How can my office be more sustainable?

Better sustainability can be achieved by all organisations of all sizes. Firstly we can help by keeping the furniture you already have in use for longer, by repairing, refreshing and reupholstering it – we call this PROJECT DODO, preventing your old furniture from becoming extinct! Not only does this prevent furniture landfill, but it’s also a cheaper option than buying new and using more resources. We can also reconfigure your furniture, re-arranging it into different set-ups to suit changing workflow and business requirements

How do I know where my furniture comes from?

The furniture we supply is from ethical and sustainable sources – with materials from managed and renewable sources. Standard fabrics carry the EcoLabel. Our supply chain is checked against stringent criteria to also make sure that product manufacturers are actively promoting social welfare both internally and down their own supply chains. You can rely on JPA for quality, sustainability and long-term value.


JPA’s Project Dodo is our own award-winning furniture maximisation programme! We work with you to help your furniture last longer before you buy new, through repairs, refresh, reupholstery, reconfiguration or off-site relocation – there’s no excuse for single use! If you really can’t use it, we’ll simply collect it and try and rehome it in the community or recycle it for materials recovery. Either way, we make it easy for your organisation to reduce furniture waste and eliminate furniture landfill.

Do I have to dispose of the packaging?

No, the good news is that after unwrapping and assembling your furniture ready for use, we collect all the packaging and take it back to our warehouse for re-use or recycling.

Can you help me re-locate my office space?

We can dismantle, pack and move organisations of all types

Can you repair furniture?

We can certainly come out to have a look to see if we can repair existing furniture, or you can send us an image. We can then advise whether repairs would be cost effective and worth the investment.

A collection of our happy clients

May I please express my most grateful thanks for the efforts made by you and your teams in trying circumstances, with the loss of the goods lift. The hard work put in paid dividends and floors 3 and 4 are looking excellent. 

Head of FM, Enfield Council

Head of FM
‘Please could you pass on my many many thanks to your team who carried out a very exhausting task here today at Magdalen I could not have got through the day without them!

Their commitment, loyalty, patience and work ethic is truly outstanding and I am so very grateful to them for all that they did (plenty of sweating but thankfully no tears).
In fact all of the team are absolutely FAB and never ever let me or the JPA name down.’

Magdalen College

A quick note to say that everything went to plan and the new furniture is stunning! The guys did a sterling job and I am very pleased! This was the biggest, costliest order I have ever made and it is worth it!

University College London

Head of Department
What a great company. I'm very jealous of your team, your working environment and your confidence in your approach. I'm sure it must be a brilliant place to work.

Radio Response

Congratulations on the 100 Chair Challenge - a life-saver for local charities with limited resources and an imaginative idea.

St Albans & District Talking Newspaper

I thought the scheme a great idea, not only to allow people to dispose of old chairs, but then to have them renovated and recycled really helps the environment, and the end users.

EcoService (UK) Ltd

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