BUILDING DEFINITIONS










Each property must be evaluated using the correct questionnaire. Review the definitions below to identify your building type based on the primary use of its Gross Floor Area (GFA).

If your building is composed of multiple structures, find out if it can be assessed using one questionnaire here.












OFFICE

To be eligible for this module 75% of the building’s use must meet the Office Module definitions listed below (25% can be dedicated to other usage). The building’s floor area must be greater than 5,000 square feet.









ENCLOSED SHOPPING CENTRES

To be eligible for this module 75% of the building’s use must meet the Enclosed Shopping Centre Module definition listed below (25% can be dedicated to other usage).

Enclosed Shopping Centre types include but are not limited to:

  • Regional Mall

  • Super-Regional Mall










OPEN-AIR RETAIL

To be eligible for this module 75% of the building’s use must meet the Open Air Retail Module definition listed below (25% can be dedicated to other usage).

Open Air Retail types include but are not limited to:

  • Community Centre (a.k.a. strip centre):

  • Convenience Centre

  • Neighbourhood Centre/Lifestyle Centre

  • Power Centre









LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (WORKSHOPS AND WAREHOUSES)


To be eligible for this module 75% of the building’s use must meet the Light Industrial Module definition listed below (25% can be dedicated to other usage).


Industrial Building: A facility in which the space is used primarily for research, development, service, production, storage, or distribution of goods and which may also include some office space (no more than 25% of the space can be dedicated to office usage).

  • Manufacturing/Industrial Plant: A facility used for the conversion, fabrication and/or assembly of raw or partly wrought materials into products/goods.

  • Warehouse (refrigerated or non-refrigerated): A facility primarily used for the storage and/or distribution of materials, goods, and merchandise.

  • Distribution Centre: Refers to unrefrigerated buildings that are used for the temporary storage and redistribution of goods, manufactured products, merchandise or raw materials.







MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (MURBS)

To be eligible for this module 75% of the building’s use must meet the Multi-Unit Residential Building Module definition listed below (25% can be dedicated to other usage).

Categories for MURBs include:

  • Low Rise (2 to 3)

  • Mid Rise (4 to 9)

  • High Rise (10 +)







HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

To be eligible for this module 50% of the building’s use must meet the Health Care Module definitions listed below (50% can be dedicated to other usage).







UNIVERSAL

The Universal Building Module was developed to cover a range of facilities that fall under a variety of building types. There are no use restrictions or size restrictions applicable to the selection of the Universal Module.


SOURCE:

To find out more about each category - please visit BOMA Canada

https://bomacanada.ca/bomabest/resourcesupdates/buildingdefinitions/



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