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BOMA Standards for calculating square footage

Jackie Wester
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
January 19, 2011

What is the correct standard for calculating square footage for leases? This is pertaining to commercial property in North Carolina.

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
January 19, 2011

Hi Jackie,

For commercial office leases, there are essentially 2 BOMA Standards to choose from.
BOMA 1996 is in heavy circulation and is well adopted by the real estate industry in general.

BOMA 2010 (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2010) is a relatively new standard and is expected to become the defacto standard in the years to come.

Given a choice, I would go with BOMA 2010 as it is the more robust, more modern standard. All the BOMA Standards are available for purchase at www.boma.org.

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