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Non-US Measurement Standards

The world keeps shrinking and those who own and manage real properties in the United States are increasingly involved on other continents (even Antarctica). A review of a few non-US measurement standards shows that US systems for floor area measurement have evolved independently from those in other parts of the world. However, they are finding their way into other countries such as South Africa, Australia and even Russia.

Many countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden publish measurement standards that are required there. They are to numerous to list here and are smostly not available in English. However, to give you a taste of some European approaches to measuring buildings, I have listed below three European standards that are available in English and widely used there but not in the United States.

  • The ISO Standard comes from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) in Geneva, the same folks who bring you the speed ratings for photographic film (remember film cameras?)
  • The Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors published the RICS Standard in Great Britain.
  • If the European Commission is successful, all 30 European Union countries will adopt in 2010 the CEN Standard.

Follow the links to find out more about these standards and how to acquire them. Building Area Measurement LLC does not sell or distribute these standards.

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