BOMA (ANSI/BOMA Z) is also still used in some marketplaces; primarily in ultra-competitive, downtown core markets where landlords are. BOMA International is providing the following guidance on the Standard Method for. Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings, BOMA Z, for persons. Today, BOMA International is the secretariat of a suite of measurement standards : Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z

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The usable area in each suite is grossed up to arrive at the floor rentable area. Method B allocates the common areas z6 the building is a way that results snsi all the floors having the same gross-up factor. What makes it a bit odd as a standard is that it includes two completely different ways to allocate common areas in the building. The new concept of Inter-Building Area allows service and amenity areas to be allocated specifically to the occupants that derive a benefit from the areas.

BOMA Standards

Landlords can choose to use one method or the other. Architectural plans for the property, typically prepared by architects, designers or land surveyors. The government in Canada leases a great deal of office space. Vertical penetrations such as elevator shafts and stairwells are subtracted from the area of each floor. This is the successor to BOMA First, it uses the concept of “base building circulation”.

This is the circulation or corridor configuration that would be required in a typical multi-tenanted floor layout. We are all here to help.


Other standards are occasionally used. Floor plan containing an area summary showing the certified area information, suite numbers, tenant name and non-tenant spaces.

Typically used for space planning, it does not contain tenant names or tenant area references. Learn more about each standard. Although it is not the only one, the dominant standard that defines how to measure and calculate area in commercial buildings is x65 by BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association.

It can be ordered bomq phone: There are some significant changes which in most cases cause the building rentable areas to increase. We need agreed-upon definitions of where measurements should be taken to and how common or shared space should be allocated. We use a colour coding system that helps you relate the areas on the drawings to the cells in the spreadsheet.

The BOMA standard is designed so that a landlord is able to charge rent for all the area in a building.

Proposed layout of office space within a suite, used to determine suitability for potential tenants. This is a standard used for facility management and should not be used for lease negotiations. The following is a presentation that we use to give an overview of BOMA standards for measuring office buildings:.

BOMA Floor Measurement Standards-Overview

This concept can also be used to allocate areas shared by multiple buildings previously known as Campus Area or Complex Common Area. What follows here is a very brief editorial overview:. It sounds complicated, but it is quite rational and logical. We colour-code and label the areas on the drawing: Method A is know as the “legacy” method. Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. To make area calculation consistent and fair, standards need to be used. Usable space, common areas and vertical penetrations are delineated according to specific rules.


It is still important because area numbers based on this standard are in use on leases today. It is not available online, but can be ordered by phone: For more details, see below. They have their own definitions for area that are published online here. Please consider our entire company as your support team! There are also so minor differences in how area lines are to be determined.

The main difference between the and standards is that the version includes a method to proportionally allocate building common areas as well as floor common areas to suite rentable areas.

The concept of dominant portion determines whether the area is measured to the glass line or inside wall face at windows along the exterior enclosure. These included i Option to include balconies and finished rooftop terraces in rentable area ii Major Vertical Penetrations at lowest level are included in rentable area. Area is calculated in several steps: There are two options available, Method A and Method B.

You can call 1 and dial 0 or email support spacedatabase. The drawback is that this method relies on a concept of “imaginary circulation” that can be confusing.