Building Owners and Managers Association International, BOMA’s newest measurement standard, Retail Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (2010), provides a uniform methodology for computing, communicating and comparing the measurement of retail buildings. It provides an unequivocal direct measure of the physical size of the floor area of a retail building and offers three measurement methods:
- Construction gross area, which 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 enclosed but within the building perimeter.
- Exterior gross area, which is the total of all the enclosed floor areas of all floors of a building contained within their measure lines, excluding voids, interstitial space, unexcavated space and crawl space.
- Gross leasable area, which is the total enclosed floor area designed for the exclusive use of an occupant, including any basements, mezzanines or upper floors.
The new standard features 16 illustrations, worksheets and 48 definitions of measurement terms, hyperlinked in a PDF format.