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Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA International and RICS Collaborate to Advance International Property Measurement Standards

December 6, 2012



(WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 6, 2012) Two of the principal global real estate bodies, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive the creation of International Property Measurement Standards.

The two bodies have come together to support the creation of International Property Measurement Standards to address the lack of consistency in the way property is measured, and therefore valued.

Currently, measurement standards exist nationally and regionally, typically varying from market to market, hindering cross border real estate comparison.

Widespread market adoption of these new standards will provide the building blocks for well-functioning global real estate markets and will be complementary to International Financial Reporting Standards and International Valuation Standards: two layers shaping the global financial system.

Johnny Dunford, Global Commercial Property Director for RICS, said:

“Real estate is a global industry, and transparent, well-regulated markets depend on a globally consistent understanding of valuation principles. Measurement is fundamental to the valuation process and helping to advance industry-owned standards is an essential part of our public interest remit.

“BOMA International is a well-respected association across numerous markets in which we operate. We are delighted to work with them, alongside a number of other partners, to deliver a principles-based standards suite which is ultimately recognized and adopted by markets around the world.”

Joseph W. Markling, Chair of BOMA International, said:

“For the real property industry to be truly global, we need a global standard of measurement to provide a true basis for cross-border comparison, transparency and self-regulation. Since 1915, BOMA International has served as the secretariat of the property measurement standards used in the United States, and is pleased to join with RICS, the promulgator of the property measurement standard predominantly used in Great Britain, to develop a set of measurement standards for real property that will be recognized and adopted throughout the world.”

The emerging coalition, which is not restricted to BOMA International and RICS, will shortly begin the standard setting process and look to involve further partners around the world, governments, companies and academia to develop standards owned and adopted across world markets.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at

About RICS
RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.

In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organizations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognized mark of property professionalism. 100,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognized the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter.

Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity - providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

The RICS Valuer Registration program was launched in the UK and Europe in late 2010 and 2011 as a response to the global financial crisis. RICS has been meeting with stakeholders in the Americas to discuss next steps on launching this program, as a result of market demand for additional quality assurance for banks, governments and other end users.


Lisa Prats
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
BOMA International
+1 (202) 326-6338

Tom Pienaar
Head of Corporate Affairs, Americas
+1 (917) 750-1993