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The CEN Measurement Standard
Travelers can move without passports between the 30 EU countries but facility and property managers have to deal with many different national measurement standards. Net Internal Area under the British RICS Standard can vary from the Net Enclosed Area measured under the German (DIN) standard by up to 30 percent!
The European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee 348 has introduced a "FM 6-pack" of facility management standards including EN 15521-6 about space measurement. This standard includes most of the features of the ISO Standard and will be compatible with OSCRE, the Open Systems Consortium for Real Estate.
The CEN Standard is schduled for adoption by all 30 EU countries before 2010 and is still being negotiated to address concerns of certain member countries. It is not yet available to non-CEN members. However, when released in its final form, it will supercede all national measurement standards in the European Union.
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