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Method A vs Method B

Charles Perla
March 3, 2010

What properties or landlords would use method B

Can you also give me an example of market load factor

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
March 3, 2010

Method B is the "Single Load Factor Method" and there are two potential benefits to utilizing it, though it may not make sense for some buildings/leasing scenarios.

As it's name implies, Method B produces a single load factor (gross up) for the entire building - this may be desirable from management or marketing perspectives. In contrast, Method A and previous BOMA Standards produce different load factors for each floor that can vary significantly from floor to floor. This can be difficult to manage and to justify to tenants - particularly those who occupy multiple floors/spaces in a building.

Also, Method B is less susceptible to change than Method A and previous BOMA standards. Changes to Floor Common Areas (now called Floor Service Area and Floor Amenity Area) would have no effect on the building's load factor.

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