Change around the corner for global real estate - IPMS Press release, 13 January 2013

On Monday 13 January 2014 the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC) has launched a public consultation on the new International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS) for office buildings.

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Change around the corner for global real estate  - IPMS

13 January 2014
International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC) launches public consultation on new international measurement standard and appoints Board of Trustees.

FIG is a founder member of the International Property Measurement Standard Coalition. Chair of Commission 9, Frances Plimmer is FIG contact person to the coalition. The aim of the Coalition is to enable properties to be measured on a transparent basis that promotes market efficiency through greater confidence between investors, occupiers and funds. The growth of cross-border property investment and expansion by global corporate occupiers underpins the demand for transparency against the background of many differing national and local measurement conventions.

With the implementation of international property measurement standards, properties will be consistently measured, creating a more transparent market, greater public trust, stronger investment confidence and market stability.

The Coalition’s Standard Setting Committee, which was established last year in Washington DC, has produced a consultation document which is available at: as are details of the consultation process itself. If you have any comments please contact Chair of FIG Commission 9, Frances Plimmer.

The Coalition comprises twenty eight organisations from across the world and there are opportunities for additional organisations to “get involved”. Please visit the website at for further information about this and other IPMS matters.

Press release on the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition

On Monday 13 January 2014 the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC) has launched a public consultation on the new International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS) for office buildings.

The three month consultation, closing on 04 April 2014, is calling for real estate (office) sector practitioners and stakeholders to contribute their expertise to the new standard;

The new standard, produced by the IPMSC Standards Setting Committee, is the first of its kind and will provide a common language for measuring offices across international markets, benefiting real estate practitioners including investors, lenders, agents, valuers and occupiers.

An International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS) will ensure that property assets are measured in a consistent way, creating a more transparent marketplace, greater public trust, consistency in the reporting of property size, stronger investor confidence, and increased market stability.

At present, the way property assets – such as homes, office buildings or shopping centres – are measured varies dramatically from one market to the next. With so many different methods of measurement in use, it makes it difficult for global investors, occupiers and tenants to accurately compare space. Research by global property firm Jones Lang LaSalle suggests that, depending on the method used, a property’s floor area measurement can deviate by as much as 24%.

IPMS will be adopted by all 28 coalition organisations with firms around the world already lined up to implement IPMS when the standard is finalized in June 2014. The Dubai Government are the first government to commit to its adoption, which will underpin valuations of commercial property and financial reporting through IVS (International Valuation Standards) and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). The new standard is considered one of the most significant developments in the real estate profession in recent history and will go beyond office measurement standardisation to include other property types, such as residential, in the coming months.

Strengthening public accountability of the IPMSC, the coalition can now announce the appointment of a Board of Trustees. Members from each of the 28 organisations are represented on the board, chaired by Ken Creighton (RICS), with Vice Chair Lisa Prats (BOMA International) and Secretary General, Jean-Yves Pirlot (CLGE).

The coalition also confirms new IPMS members joining the coalition. Property Council of New Zealand (PCNZ); Asian Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV), Assoimmobiliare, National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and Japan Association of Real Estate Agents (JAREA) have committed to the standards programme – bringing the IPMSC now to 28 organisations.

Frances Plimmer, the FIG representative and Trustee on the IPMS Coalition comments:
"Standardizing the measurement of buildings allows for international comparison on a single universally applied norm which is increasingly important to any body involved in overseas investment. FIG is particularly important in this process because of its representation of surveying associations world-wide who are in a position to be able to reflect on how the draft standard might operate in their markets. This is hugely exciting stage in the development of an international measurement standard for buildings which will allow for a global consultation on what we have produced so far. We look forward to receiving wide-ranging representations and to developing a final version which reflects and the highest standards which should apply to our global profession."

Ken Creighton, Chair of the IPMSC RICS Director of Professional Standards:
“Less than a year after the coalition met for the first time at the World Bank in Washington we now have a draft international standard written. This standard will undoubtedly have a profound and lasting benefit for the global real estate industry, financial markets and society as a whole, ensuring transparency and consistency are at the very heart of this global industry.”

Billy Davidson, Global Property Director, Vodafone:
“Vodafone occupies space for a wide range of uses all around the world. Like many other corporates we have had to develop our own means of benchmarking these property assets. I am certain that IPMS will save corporate occupiers time, money and effort across their property portfolios, and will enable us to compare space between companies far more easily than today.”

Lisa Prats, Vice Chair of the IPMSC and Vice President of BOMA International:
“BOMA International, the secretariat of the property measurement standards used in North America, recognizes the need for consistency in how property is measured around the world. We applaud the work of the IPMSC Standards Setting Committee in developing this first in a series of standards that will provide a true basis for cross-border comparison, transparency and self-regulation.”

Martin Bruehl, Head of International Investment Management, Union Investment:
“The usable space within a building is a vital metric in understanding the valuation and thus investment potential of a property. Investors currently suffer from having to make decisions based on information which is inconsistent from one market to the next. IPMS will address this existing problem; removing risk and ensuring property investors are armed with reliable and transparent information.”

Jean-Yves Pirlot, Secretary General of the IPMSC and President of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors CLGE:
“About two hundred and twenty two years after the invention of the meter as a standard for distances, it was time to get universal surface measurement rules for buildings. This endeavor was heralded as a ‘visionary cross boarder tool for transparency’ by a European Commission official and we think that he’s totally right. Moreover, many European regulations invoke surface measurements without referring to a standard. Our approach will eventually enable us to get a consistent approach.”

As of January 2014, the IPMSC is comprised of:

  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)
  • Appraisal Institute (AI)
  • Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA)
  • Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV)
  • Asociacion Professional de Sociedades de Valoracion (ATASA)
  • Italian Real Estate Industry Association (ASSOIMMOBILIARE)
  • ASTM International
  • Australian Property Institute (API)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA International)
  • China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents (CIREA)
  • Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)
  • CoreNet Global
  • Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE)
  • Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
  • European Council of Real Estate Professions (CEPI)
  • International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA)
  • International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
  • Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE)
  • Property Council of Australia (PCA)
  • Property Council of New Zealand (PCNZ)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Seocovi SP (SECOVI)
  • South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)
  • The Appraisal Foundation (TAF)

The independent standards setting committee is comprised of nominated representatives of the IPMSC. The 19 SSC members are:

  • Max Crofts, Commonwealth Association of Surveying & Land Economy (UK) – Chair
  • Allen Crawford, Australian Property Institute (Australia) – Vice Chair
  • Alexander Aronsohn, RICS (UK) – Executive Secretary to the Committee
  • Will Chen, China Development Bank & GoHigh Capital (China)
  • Anthony Gebhardt, South African Property Owners Association (South Africa)
  • Kent Gibson, Capstone Property Management (USA)
  • Prof. Marc Grief, Society of Property Researchers (Germany)
  • Liu Hongyu, China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents (China)
  • Prof. Sr Dr Ting Kien Hwa, Centre for Real Estate Research, University Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)
  • Luke Mackintosh, Ernst & Young (Australia)
  • Scott McMillan, International Monetary Fund (USA)
  • Howard Morley, NZ Realtors LTD (New Zealand)
  • Frederic Mortier, Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (Belgium)
  • Sara Stephens, Appraisal Institute (USA)
  • Peter L. Stevenson, Stevenson Systems, Inc (USA)
  • Nicholas Stolatis, TIAA-CREF (USA)
  • V. Suresh, HIRCO Developments (India)
  • Koji Tanaka, Mitsui Fudosan (Japan)
  • Dr. Piyush Tiwari, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University (India) and University of Melbourne (Australia)

13 January 2014