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BOMA International Introduces New ANSI-Approved Retail Measurement Standard

July 19, 2010


(WASHINGTON—July 19, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released Retail Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.5-2010), a new measurement standard that provides a uniform methodology for computing, communicating and comparing the measurement of shopping centers, providing an unequivocal direct measure of the physical size of the floor area of a retail building. The standard is designed to serve the interests of building owners, managers and occupants as well as facility managers, brokers, appraisers, assessors, lenders, insurers, developers, construction and design professionals and others.

“We are excited to add the new retail measurement standard to BOMA’s family of measurement standards,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “The new standard will allow all types of real estate professionals to measure retail spaces easily and accurately.”

The new standard offers three measurement methods:

  • Construction gross area. Includes the area defined as exterior gross area, as well as other areas that have a structural floor or are covered by a roof or canopy that are typically enclosed but within the building perimeter.
  • Exterior gross area. The total of all the enclosed floor areas of all floors of a building contained within their measure lines.
  • Gross leasable area. The total enclosed floor area designed for the exclusive use of an occupant, including any basements, mezzanines or upper floors. The standard also features 16 illustrations, worksheets and 48 definitions of measurement terms, hyperlinked in a downloadable PDF format.

The standard is the latest title in BOMA’s suite of measurement standards, which also includes Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010), Industrial Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.2-2009), Gross Areas of a Building: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.3-2009), and Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.4-2010).

For more information on BOMA’s new retail measurement standard, visit the BOMA Bookstore.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000–plus members own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International´s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at

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