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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Best Practices Floor Measurement

The Floor Measurement Standards Committee of BOMA International has approved these Best Practices to provide guidance in addition to that included in the BOMA Suite of Standards. These Best Practices do NOT modify the BOMA published ANSI/BOMA Z65.X Suite of Standards. They may be considered for inclusion in future updates of those publications. The provisions in the section of the Legal Notice page of ANSI/BOMA Z65.X are included in the Best Practices by reference.

  • BOMA Best Practices #1 - Single Tenant Building

    Question:
    What BOMA standard should be used for measuring the floor area of an office building that belongs entirely to one single occupant?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)
    BOMA Gross Area Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.3–2009)

  • BOMA Best Practices #2 - Chart 2 @ IGA Boundary

    Question:
    The BOMA Office Standard has always stated that the area of a Major Vertical Penetration includes the thickness of its enclosing walls. Is that true even when a Major Vertical Penetration is next to an exterior building wall? How about other classes of space listed in the Wall Priority Diagram (Chart #2) of the BOMA 2010 Office Standard?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1–2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #3- Inter-Building Service & Amenity​

    Purpose:
    To provide a consistent, detailed method of allocating inter-building service and amenity areas among different buildings that they serve in a multi-building set in accordance with general direction included in the BOMA 2010 Office Standard.

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #4 - Retail Load

    Question:
    Are common areas apportioned to the Gross Leasable Area of retail tenants?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA Retail Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.5–2012)
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #5 - Market Load Factor

    Question:
    Can the load factor that is calculated in the BOMA Global Summary of Areas spreadsheet (load factor A or load factor B, if using Method B) be arbitrarily increased to bring it up to the "Market Factor"?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1–2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #6 - GSA Spreadsheet

    Question:
    Are the BOMA Global Summary of Area Spreadsheets available for downloading into Microsoft Excel™?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1–2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #7 - BOMA Certification

    Question:
    Does BOMA International certify that an individual, company or system can perform BOMA calculations? If not, how can BOMA floor area measurements and calculations be certified?

    Applicable to:
    All BOMA Floor Area Measurement Standards

  • ​​BOMA Best Practices #8-Single Tenant Floor​

    Question:
    When a multi-occupant floor transitions to a single-occupant floor, should any areas classified as Service and Amenity Areas be reclassified as Occupant Area?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)

  • ​​BOMA Best Practices #10-Exterior Wall Thickness

    Question:
    Do abnormally thick exterior walls, such as the thick masonry walls found in some historic buildings, alter the measurement of any floor areas under the BOMA 2010 Office Standard or the BOMA Gross Area Standard?

    Applicable to:
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)
    BOMA Gross Area Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.3–2009)

  • BOMA Best Practices #11-Sidewalks

    ​Question:
    Can sidewalks be considered to be External Circulation area?

    Applicable to: 
    BOMA 2010 Office Standard (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010)

  • BOMA Best Practices #14-Measurement Methodology and Source​​

    ​Question:
    Do the BOMA Standards require or recommend any specific methodology for measurements? For example, should measurements always originate from CAD files, or is paper OK? Should measurements always be field verified or is it OK to use existing drawings?

    Applicable to: 
    All current BOMA Standard Publications

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