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BOMA and IFMA announce common floor area measurement definitions

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BOMA International and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) are pleased to announce the publication of "A Unified Approach to Measuring Office Space," which is a report outlining common definitions for floor area measurements as well as major revisions to IFMA and BOMA's respective area measurement standards.

These common definitions will be incorporated into the standards supported by each organization, with the primary goal being to clarify building measurement and industry comparisons based on floor area measurements.

Currently, IFMA recognizes "The ASTM Standard Classification for Building Floor Area Measurements for Facility Management," while BOMA supports "The ANSI/BOMA Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings." Together, the two standards form the foundation for benchmarking and best practice. They are commonly used by facility professionals and building owners and managers to measure floor area in office buildings.

BOMA and IFMA appointed a working group comprised of key members of both organizations to develop these common definitions. The professionals included had extensive experience in floor measurement issues. Their goal was to develop commonly agreed upon definitions to be contained in each floor measurement standard as well as commentaries with parallel definitions that elaborate on the floor area measurement process. The definitions and commentaries are available in the new joint publication and are meant to be uniform and easily understood by non-technical readers.

"The major benefit of this publication is that it establishes common terms and approaches for measurement that each organization will use as they revise their respective standards," said Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA chair of the working group and vice president of Zions Securities Corporation in Salt Lake City. "This allows both organizations to be consistent in going forward in the development of their standards. A large part of the foundation has been laid."

"We've known that the members of our community need a common communication protocol. They need one set of measurements and one methodology," said Lynne Blair, IFMA chair of the working group and president of LY Blair & Associates in Ottawa. "It's important to help them save time, effort and money, and with this new unified approach, we can do that."

"A Unified Approach to Measuring Office Space" is currently being offered by BOMA and IFMA. To learn more about the publication, or to purchase it from BOMA or IFMA respectively, visit http://shop.boma.org or www.ifma.org/bookstore.

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