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FLOOR AREA

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Definition:
The floor area of buildings is the sum of the area of each floor of the building measured to the outer surface of the outer walls including the area of lobbies, cellars, elevator shafts and in multi-dwelling buildings all the common spaces. Areas of balconies are excluded.

Context:
In dwelling statistics two concepts of floor space of a dwelling are used:

- useful floor space, which is the floor space of dwellings measured inside the outer walls, excluding cellars, non-habitable attics and, in multi-dwelling houses, common areas;

- living floor space, which is the total area of rooms falling under the concept of rooms.

Source Publication:
Bulletin of Housing and Building Statistics for Europe and North America, UNECE, Geneva, 2000, Annex II, Definitions and General Terms, page 83.

Cross References:
Room – UN
Volume of buildings

Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, March 15, 2002