IPMS 2
IPMS 2

Alexander Aronsohn FRICS

Director of Technical International Standards (RICS)

IPMS 2 - Office can be used by people such as asset managers, brokers, cost consultants, facility managers, occupiers, owners, property managers, researchers and valuers. The component areas in IPMS 2 - Office enable users and service providers to make direct floor space comparisons between data from different market practices.

IPMS 2

IPMS 2 - Office is the sum of the areas of each floor level of an office building measured to the internal dominant face and reported on a component-by-component basis for each floor of a building. In many markets, but not universally, this is known as gross internal area.

IPMS 2 at a glance

  • It is equivalent to the old measurement of gross internal area
  • It is only used for the measurement of offices
  • It is used for measuring the internal area of a building, including internal walls and columns
  • IPMS 2 can be used by parties including asset managers, brokers, cost consultants, facility managers, occupiers, owners, property managers, researchers and valuers
  • It includes and excludes certain areas  from the measurement (see below)
  • It also includes some measurements that must be stated separately (balconies, covered galleries, rooftop spaces and two new concepts for members: component areas and internal dominant face).

Inclusions

IPMS 2 - Office includes all areas including internal walls, columns and enclosed walkways or passages between separate buildings, available for direct or indirect use. Covered void areas such as atria are only included at their lowest floor level.

Exclusions

Measurement for IPMS 2 - Office is not to include the area of open light wells or upper level voids of an atrium, but may state separately, if measured, areas which are not fully enclosed, such as balconies, covered galleries, and generally accessible rooftop terraces. Patios and decks at ground level, external car parking, equipment yards, cooling equipment and refuse areas.

IPMS 2

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