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Recessed entrance in building frontage line

Eve Bois
ALAG inc
June 8, 2016

When it comes to industrial buildings, is a recessed entrance (covered by the building architecture) in the building frontage line included or excluded in the EGA?

The standard says : "The measure line does not encompass any space that is not fully enclosed." but the illustration A1 shows the opposite (corner bottom-right)

2- (if a recessed entrance is included in EGA)
What if the recessed entrance is a lot larger than the doors (2 or 3 times larger than the doors) and half of the occupants (of the same building) don't have a recessed entrance (just a regular entrance)?

Thank you

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
June 10, 2016

The EGA of an Industrial Building is the total area within the Measure Line of the building. The definition of Measure Line in the standard states that "The measure line does not encompass any space that is not fully enclosed..."

Therefore, the area of the recess that is unenclosed should not be included in the EGA.

Brian Messer
The Naumann Group RE
February 1, 2023

Is a covered/roofed entrance that runs the length of the front of a building included in the EGA per the 2019 standards. I noticed where covered loading docks/ramps are now included. This is not an add on. This is part of the structure having the same foundation and roof.

Thank you in advance for any help.

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
February 3, 2023

Hi Brian,

In BOMA Industrial 2019, the covered/roofed entrance that runs the length of the front of a building would not be included as it does not support "Industrial Activities" as per the definitions / requirements in the standard. However, a covered loading dock / ramp would be included because those areas do support Industrial Activities.


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