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RECOMMENDED METHOD OF FLOOR MEASUREMENT
FOR OFFICE BUILDINGS
Effective January 1, 1987In order to facilitate a comparison of the cost of space among buildings, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. recommends that owners use a standard definition of usable area and that they clearly explain how rentable area is calculated based upon such usable area. Architectural plans and calculations should be made available to the tenant if requested.
The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. recommends the following definitions and methods as the Standard Method of Floor Measurements in office buildings. Any Board member who advertises office space for rent is expected to follow these guidelines in determining any rentable area count mentioned in the advertisement.
Because of dissimilarities among buildings, calculations of rentable area may vary. If requested, owners should disclose to prospective tenants the loss factor used for spaces under consideration.
USABLE AREA, SINGLE TENANT FLOORS:
Measure the floor to the outside surface of the building. Subtract from this area the following, including the finished enclosing walls:
USABLE AREA, MULTIPLE TENANT FLOOR:
BELOW-GRADE, CELLAR AND SUB-CELLAR SPACE:
To determine the usable area of below grade, cellar and sub-cellar areas, follow the same procedures as are appropriate for single or multiple tenant floors except that the following additional areas should be deducted from usable area:
RECOMMENDED METHOD OF FLOOR MEASUREMENT FOR STORES:
1. The rentable
area of a store shall be computed by measuring from the building line
in the case of street frontages, and from the in
2. No deductions
shall be made for column
3. Rentable area of a store shall include all area within the outside walls, less the following, with their enclosing walls, if serving more than one tenant: building stairs, fire towers, elevator shafts, flues, vents, stacks, pipe shafts and vertical ducts.
4. The following area shall be included in rentable area, if such areas exclusively serve a store, together with their enclosing walls: private stairs, private elevators, toilets, air conditioning facilities, janitors’ closets, slop sinks, electrical closets and telephone closets. When air conditioning facilities serve more than one tenant area, they shall be apportioned in the same manner as that used for single tenancy floors.
5. Where a store fronts on a plaza or arcade which is intended for use by the general public and is not for the exclusive use of the store tenant, its customers, etc., the area of the plaza or arcade shall not be included in determining the rentable area of the store.
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