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Postsecondary Education

NCES 2006-160
May 2006

Chapter 3. Building Area Measurement

This chapter provides the technical definitions, measurement procedures, and coding structures for building area data elements. The interrelationships between the components of building area are illustrated by the conceptual framework in figure 3-1. Definitions of what constitutes a building are found in chapter 2. The technical definitions and codes for the space use categories are found in chapter 4. An understanding of the FICM system begins with an overview of measurement terms.