Estates Management record 2012/13 - Net Internal AreaNetInternalArea
Estates Management record 2012/13
Net Internal Area
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The fields in this entity contain data about Net Internal Area (NIA).
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All higher education institutions (HEIs).
There are two alternative approaches for the return of data on NIA:
The NIA RICS definitions are contained in the 'Code of Measuring Practice: A Guide for Property Professionals', published by the RICS.
Room area is NIA less the width of internal walls and partitions. Information is required for the same categories of space as NIA, with the same definitions applying apart from the measurement of space.
HEIs should return data in the form that is most straightforward for them. However the NIA RICS definitions are preferred.
Net Internal Area is the usable area within a building measured to the internal face of the perimeter walls at each floor level. NIA covers all areas which are used for a specific purpose. It does not include those parts of buildings which enable them to function i.e. balance areas defined below.
It does not include those parts of buildings which enable them to function, such as corridors. These are classified as balance areas.
Balance areas include the floor area planned or provided as part of the Gross Internal Area to enable the building to function, such as:
Space otherwise considered as balance areas, such as foyers, may only be included in NIA where it meets the appropriate definition.
There are a number of items that should be excluded from space measurement, such as:
Breakdown of NIA space
Where space is used for dual purposes, an attribution on the basis outlined under heading Method of space apportionment should be used. This will apply in particular to data returns under headings Teaching total and Research total.
In addition, any space such as storage space that may be attributable to either the 'office' or 'core' element of teaching or research, should be assigned to either of these categories on the basis of their actual use. Thus, if a storage room opens into a teaching office and is used for storing student records, then it should be assigned to teaching office space. The same method must be used for all space allocation.
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