Extreme Measures Planmine™ Help Desk
About Us
Sign In / Up

Extreme Measures

This help desk is a free resource intended for discussion purposes only. Neither BOMA, its chapters, affiliates, or Extreme Measures Inc.® are responsible for the information, comments or opinions expressed herein. For complete information, refer to the official publications of the standards themselves.

FAQ & Read-Me Articles
What are as-built drawings / models?
What is CAD and BIM?
How do I resolve an area dispute?
Where can I get measurement standards publications?
BOMA Office Overview
BOMA Industrial Overview
BOMA Retail Overview
BOMA Multi-Unit Residential Overview
BOMA Gross Areas Overview
BOMA Mixed-Use Overview
IPMS for Office Overview
Alternative Methodologies
Glossary of Industry Terms

Balconies and Terraces

James Sullivan
Ziegler Cooper
February 6, 2018

If a balcony services all tenants on a single floor is it safe to assume it is a floor service area?
If a finished roof terrace services the entire building is it save to assume it is a building service area?

If a balcony or terrace services a single tenant is it save to assume it is part of the occupant area and the load factor will be applied to the total area?

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
February 6, 2018

Hi James,

Floor Service Area is defined as "A portion of a Floor that provides necessary Services or Circulation required for
the normal operation of the Floor thus enabling Occupants to work on the Floor." A balcony usually does not fall under this definition and therefore under most circumstances, should not be Floor Service Area. It is more appropriate to define the balcony as Inter-Building Service Area and allocate it proportionately to all the tenants on that floor.

A Finished rooftop terrace that serves the building may be Building Service Area or Building Amenity Area. In most cases, Building Service Area is appropriate as it is most likely considered to be permanent in nature.

If a balcony or terrace serves a single tenant, you should allocate it as a separately disclosed Tenant Area, in which case, the Load Factor would be applied to the balcony or terrace.


Your Comments ...

Please allow up to 24 hours for your question to appear after it is reviewed.