Gross Internal Area. The whole enclosed area of a building within the external walls taking each floor into account and excluding the thickness of the external walls.
Statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. A listed building may not be demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority.
EMS condition grade
As new condition.
Sound, operationally safe and exhibiting only minor deterioration.
Operational, but major repair or replacement needed in the short to medium term (generally 3 years).
Inoperable, or serious risk of major failure or breakdown.
EMS functionality grade
Functional suitability measures the capability of the space to support its existing function.
Excellent; the building fully support current functions. There are no negative impacts upon the functions taking place in the space.
Good; the building provides a good environment for the current function in all or most respects. There may be shortfalls in certain areas, but these have only a minor effect upon current functions.
Fair; the building provides a reasonable environment for current functions in many respects, but has a number of shortfalls. These shortfalls may be causing mismatches between space and function that is having a more significant effect upon current functions than Grade 2 buildings.
Poor; the building fail to support current functions and/or are unsuitable for current use. The operational problems associated with such space are major, and are constraining current functions in the space. Space in this grade may require alternative solutions, rather than straightforward improvements in particular features of the space.
Building energy rating
Refer to the grading contained in the building's Display Energy Certificate (DEC), which is based upon actual energy usage of a building and introduced in response to the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which all EU member states must implement by January 2009.