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A New Industrial BOMA Standard

The BOMA standard (either the 1980 or the 1996 standard) for measuring space in office buildings is almost universally accepted in Canada.  It appears there may now finally be a BOMA standard for measuring industrial space. 

After approximately seven years of consideration, the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) have developed a new publication providing for standard methods for measuring the floor areas in industrial buildings.  The new standards have not yet been adopted by the American National Standards Institute, however such adoption is expected shortly.

The publication has two general methods of measurement, the Extension Wall Methodology to measure fully enclosed industrial buildings, and the Drip Line Methodology to measure industrial buildings that are essentially wall-less structures (for use in warm climates).

The main difference between the Exterior Wall Methodology and the earlier BOMA standards for office buildings is that measurement is to the exterior face of exterior perimeter walls instead of to the Dominant Portion (inside surface of the glass or wall having regard to the structure) of such walls.  Measurement to the exterior face has been typical in industrial premises so this difference was expected.

For the first time, the methods of measuring mezzanines (that are agreed by the parties to a lease to be included in the area of the premises) are described.  Where a mezzanine is erected along the face of an exterior wall, the rentable area of the mezzanine is measured to the exterior face of the wall.

The most significant difference between most current rentable methods of calculating the area of industrial space and the new standards is that the rentable area is the aggregate of the measured area and a proportionate share of the building common areas which include spaces used in common by or for the common benefit of tenants, such as corridors, atriums, and electrical, telephone service and sprinkler rooms.

We expect that the new BOMA standard will be widely used and provide greater uniformity in the determination of the area of industrial space.

Mark A. Richardson

April 15, 2005 in Leasing | Permalink

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Not only is an intimate understanding of these standards important for property managers and owners but brokers and leasing managers have a lot to gain from an area-education.

BOMA's guidelines are just that, guidelines. Architects and designers need to keep marketability in mind when they design. The most stunning structure has little value to anyone other than onlookers if its cost to run vastly exceeds revenues from leases. Every building has unique properties and resultantly, unique solutions for fairly and proportionately amortizing costs to its tenants.

Extreme Measures - converting your buildings into laser accurate floor plans and certified areas according to any standard or definition.

Posted by: Extreme Measures | May 9, 2005 4:03:51 PM

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