Terminology of Our Business

Whether you have experienced an office renovation before, or if you are considering working with an office decoration company for the first time, it may be helpful to know some industry terminology.

Below are the meanings of some of the jargons in our industry.


It is the abbreviation of Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. First introduced in 1990, this rating system has become the world's primary sustainability assessment. To obtain a BREEAM rating, a building needs to pass a third-party certification by a licensed BREEAM assessment body.

Cat A Assembly

Simply put, the Cat A assembly follows the shell and core phase and ensures that the building is fully functional. It covers the installation of all standard facilities such as electrical utilities and general lighting, but does not cover any further to include décor and interior design features.

Cat B alinement (adaptation or alinement) Cat B alinement continues the project from the Cat A process, decorating the space and turning it into a fully furnished office. The Cat B procedure takes into account the specific needs of the personnel who will use the building and adjusts the space to their own needs.


Coworking (virtual office) an increasingly popular phenomenon, coworking is changing the way small businesses operate. A coworking building either charges for membership or operates on a pay-as-you-go basis. The facility provides access to office spaces and co-working spaces for registered members. Because collaborative environments are shared by different companies, they are places where the entrepreneurial spirit is high, often evoked by a strong sense of community.

Design and Build

This concept refers to a project that indicates a single company, design or construction services, takes responsibility for completing a harmonization or renovation project. Unlike the traditional "design-tender" model, where contractors will propose to submit a particular design, Design and build provides a single point of responsibility, allowing design and construction phases to overlap. It benefits the customer by increasing the efficiency and reliability by ensuring that the project is completed at a cheaper cost and in a shorter time.

Detail and Build

It is a project purchase where the design is provided by the customer and the contractor firm takes responsibility for the execution of the work. It differs from traditional construction projects because it has a fixed price and schedule. Project risk is borne by the design and build company.


It is a building certification system that evaluates the health effects of buildings and aims to encourage specific architectural practices that will benefit building occupants' well-being. It draws attention to the following criteria when evaluating a building's impact on health.

Community Health

To what extent the employee safety and building design encourages physical activity.

Office Placement

Office placement is a project that requires the development of an office space to enable its employees to fulfill their demands.

Office Renovation

This requires delivering a suitable Cat B to an office that is no longer fit for its purpose. This is often brought about by the need and specific requirements of a site reorganization for new invaders, or a desire to refresh a space that has been worn and dated.

Shell and Core

This term refers to the procedure performed in a building before the Cat A phase begins. This first stage of the process involves the construction of the skeleton and structure of the building itself, including elements such as the elevator and stairwell. At the end of the "shell and core", you should have a blank canvas that lays the groundwork for effective wealth possibilities.

Area Plan / Field Supervision

It is a process in which information about an organization is collated and analyzed to determine the needs of the staff. This data is then used to create compliance plans to meet the needs of the staff.