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Postsecondary Education

NCES 2006-160
May 2006

3.2 Definitions of Building Areas

The definitions5 and procedures provided in this chapter are intended to clarify and provide guidelines for the most commonly used types of data about buildings that would be collected and compiled. These guidelines are based on the definitions and standards established during the 1960s for the Federal Construction Council and published by the National Academy of Sciences. The Federal Construction Council standards were intended for use by federal agencies, but they have been widely adopted and used by postsecondary institutions.

The definitions and guidelines in this chapter attempt to clarify and update some of the earlier standards by providing additional guidance on how to interpret and apply measurement procedures. The guidelines also are intended to establish a common standard for the minimum amount of data to be included in a building inventory to provide a database that is usable for both intrainstitutional and interinstitutional purposes. Institutions are not precluded by these guidelines from collecting additional building data or from including other types of structures in their facilities inventory.

5 The source is the National Academy of Sciences, Building Research Advisory Board, Classification of Building Areas, Federal Construction Council Technical Report No. 50 (Publication 1235) (Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences).