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Recommended BOMA standards to use

Burgess Design Inc.
February 3, 2020

If an industrial/flex buildings (campus setting) comprised of more than 51% office use, would BOMA Office 2017 standard be appropriate to use?


David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
February 6, 2020

Hi Sopheap,

We would consider the 51% rule on a building-to-building basis. Also, it's only a recommendation in the BOMA Standards.

The Industrial Standard States:
BOMA recommends that when the occupancy of a building has fifty-one percent (51%) or more area devoted to offices the building owner/manager should utilize The BOMA Office Standard, ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010. When the occupancy
of the building is fifty-one percent ( 51%) or more dominated by non-office users (including ground floor retail) that the Industrial Standard should be utilized. In buildings that are designed as flex space, where the mix of occupancy might change often among industrial, office and retail uses, BOMA recommends application of this Industrial Standard regardless of the current mix of occupancies.


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