Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Gross Area Standard

 

Gross Areas of a Building: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.3 – 2009), provides a uniform basis from which to compute, communicate and compare the measurement of buildings by gross areas, and offers the industry’s first direct measure of the physical size of a building. The standard meets growing industry demand for a true methodology for measuring gross area.

 

What is Gross Areas of a Building: Standard Methods of Measurement?

Published in 2009, the Gross Area Standard details procedures for measuring construction gross area and exterior gross area of buildings and provides unequivocal, direct measure of the physical size of a building. Both methods can be applied to new and existing buildings, single or multiple stories, owner-occupied or leased, and for all types of occupancies and uses. The 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 unenclosed but within the building perimeter. The exterior gross area is the total floor area contained within the measure line—generally the outside surface of the exterior enclosure of building—including structured parking. The standard contains 37 illustrations and 19 definitions.

How can the Gross Area Standard make your job easier?

  1. Get on the same page. GRAMS uniform methodology helps a cross section of industry professionals—architects, appraisers, general contractors, owners, and the list goes on—do their jobs better because it provides a tangible, valuable and actionable document for practitioners to measure gross area. GRAMS is the only methodology that crosses disciplines.
  2. Get interactive. The interactive downloadable format of GRAMS features 37 illustrations and 19 definitions of measurement terms.
  3. Get comprehensive. GRAMS applies to all buildings office, retail, industrial, single and multi-unit residential, hospitality, entertainment, and public and private institutional buildings. Plus, GRAMS applies to both new and existing buildings containing single or multiple stories that are either owner occupied or leased to one or more tenants.
  4. Get a "twofer." GRAMS provides a uniform basis for measuring both the construction gross area and the exterior gross area of a building.
  5. Get what you want. GRAMS meets an important and growing industry demand for a true methodology for measuring gross area.

 

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