WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A, B, AND C CLASS BUILDINGS?
Not all buildings are created equal — as I’d estimate you’re acutely aware of.
For comparison, office buildings in Ottawa are typically grouped into three classes: A, B and C.
These classes represent a subjective quality rating, ranking the competitive ability of each building to attract similar types of tenants.
When it comes to classifying buildings, the universally accepted criteria — established by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) — includes the following:
- Building finishes
- System standards
- Efficiency (e.g. elevator performance)
- Building amenities (e.g. food facilities, copying services, gyms etc.)
- Accessibility (e.g. barrier-free access)
- Proximity to mass transportation
- Market perception
Detailed descriptions of each building class are provided in the table below:
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself fully with the three distinct classes. It’s certain to save you time in the long-run when considering different spaces in an ever-changing market.
For further information on Building Classes in Ottawa, please contact me directly.