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BOMA International launches new office measurement standard

Brings new methodologies, ease of use to office space measurement

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BOMA International has released “Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement and Calculating Rentable Area (2010),” a new measurement standard that will help property professionals easily and accurately measure office buildings. The new office measurement standard provides important improvements and changes to the “Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings,” the last office measurement standard from BOMA released in 1996. The new publication has several key enhancements that add new methodologies, clarify gray areas and make it more user-friendly via a new interactive downloadable format.

“This standard will serve as an indispensible tool in the marketplace for property managers, architects, contractors, appraisers and other parties who measure space,” said BOMA International Chair James A. Peck, who is also senior director of asset services for CB Richard Ellis. “The updates we have made to the standard reflect the needs of users in the field. We have also brought the standard into the digital age by including hyperlinks to definitions and full-color illustrations in the PDF document, eliminating ambiguity and making it easier than ever to understand.”

The new features of the standard include:

A new Single Load Factor Method. This new calculation, "Method B," applies to the occupant area of each floor to determine the rentable area and is the same for all floors of a building, which will greatly simplify leasing calculations for property managers.

More options. Users can choose either the new Method B or the measurement methodology of the 1996 standard, referred to as “Legacy Method A.”

Regional leasing practices. A new clause in the standard states that if external corridors are the only way tenants can access their space, property managers can include them as building common areas and therefore include them in their common area maintenance allocations. This will be advantageous for buildings in warm climates.

Measurement clarity. The standard introduces new terms to simplify and clarify the process of measurement, including a step-by-step sequence that includes boundary line definitions. Users will be able to zoom in on full-color illustrations to get a closer look at how classes of space transition.

In addition to “Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement and Calculating Rentable Area (2010),” the BOMA suite of measurement standards also includes “Gross Areas of a Building: Methods of Measurement” and “Industrial Floor Measurement Standard.” Later this year, BOMA will release two more standards, one for use in multi-residential buildings and one for retail spaces.

For more information on BOMA’s new office measurement standard, visit the BOMA Bookstore at boma.org.

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