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Method A - Capped Factor & Floor Total Rentable Area

John Kuczura
March 10, 2014

To Whom It May Concern,

I have a question regarding BOMA 2010 – Method A and capped load factors. If a cap is applied to a BOMA 2010 - Method A measurment, is it possible that a total floor rentable area may change? For instance, if a floor were to change from a single tenant configuration to a multi-tenant configuration and the capped factor is applied to both scenarios because both are above the cap, you have the same load factor being applied to different occupant area totals. This would result in different rentable area totals, correct?

If so, is there any way in which this is addressed to keep the building total from changing?

Thank you,

John Kuczura

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
March 14, 2014

Hi John,

The capping of load factors is completely artificial and voluntary. Capping should only affect the specific occupants and/or floor figures to which they are applied. Keep in mind that capped load factors are a convenience only and they should not be reintroduced into the "organic" Rentable Area calculations.

The Standard makes no attempt to balance capped totals with organic totals (nor could it).

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