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2.5 Measurement Rules for Building Works

2.5 Measurement Rules for Building Works

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2.5 Measurement rules for building works
 Quantities for
building works 
shall be determined by measuring the total gross internal floorarea (GIFA) of the building or buildings (using the floor area method) or by projecting thenumber of
functional units 
(using the
functional unit method 
). In certain circumstances, acombination of both floor area methods and
functional unit methods 
may need to be employed. 1.
Floor area method
 1. The total
gross internal floor area 
(GIFA) of the building or buildingsis measured and multiplied by an appropriate
cost/m2 of GIFA
. Theequation for calculating the total estimated cost of
building works 
istherefore: c = a x bwhere: a = GIFA b = cost/m2 of GIFA for building works c = building works estimate (i.e. total estimated cost ofbuilding works)2. The
gross internal floor area 
(GIFA) is to be measured inaccordance with the 'Core definition: gross internal area (GIA)' ofthe
, which is reproduced inAppendix Aof these rules.3. Where measurement is for more than one building, themeasurement for each building is to be shown separately.4. Where a single building comprises more than one user function(e.g. residential, retail and offices), then the GIFA of each functionis to be calculated and quantified separately. The sum total of theGIFA for each separate function is to be equal to the GIFA for thewhole building. For the purpose of establishing the GIFA of eachseparate building function, the centre line of the party wall shall beused to delineate the functions.5. Where the external works is to be measured separately, the
site area 
(SA) is to be measured. The SA is the total area of the sitewithin the site title boundaries (or the total area within the site titleboundaries defined by the
as the site for the building),excluding the footprint of the new building(s), measured on ahorizontal plane.2.
Functional unit method
Functional units 
are a unit of measurement used to represent theprime use of a building or part of a building. Each
functional unit 
includes all circulation necessary. It is essential that the
functional unit 
is clearly identified when measurements are expressed in thisway. A list of commonly used
functional units 
functional units 
ofmeasurement for buildings is provided inAppendix Bof these rules.2. A suitable
functional unit 
of use for the building is to be selected.The total number of
functional units 
is determined and multiplied byan appropriate
cost per functional unit 
functional unit cost 
). Theequation for calculating the total estimated cost of
building works 
istherefore: c = a x bwhere: a = number of functional units b = cost per functional unit (or functional unit cost)c = building works estimate (i.e. total estimated cost ofbuilding works)3. Where measurement for the
functional unit 
is to be '
net internal area 
', the
net internal area 
(NIA) is to be measured in accordancewith the 'Core definition: net internal area (NIA)' of the
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