Understanding the New Residential Measurement Standards in Alberta

Navigating the Changes: Alberta's Updated Residential Measurement Standards

Author: Michael Newton
Date: Dec 18, 2023


Dear Homeowners and Real Estate Enthusiasts,

As a seasoned real estate agent in the vibrant Calgary market, I’m here to guide you through a significant update in the Alberta real estate industry. The Residential Measurement Standard (RMS), a cornerstone in property measurements since 2015, is undergoing noteworthy changes. Starting January 1, 2024, these improvements, recommended by the Industry Council, will come into effect, enhancing accuracy and trust in property measurements.

What’s Changing?

1. Measuring Semi-Detached and Townhouse Properties:

The new year brings a shift in how semi-detached and townhouse properties are measured. Now, measurements will be based on the exterior wall at the foundation, providing a more accurate reflection of a property’s size. This approach aligns with the diverse and complex designs of modern homes, making it simpler for licensees and more transparent for consumers.

2. Introducing the Below Grade Measurement Standard (BGMS):

Another exciting development is the introduction of the BGMS. While not mandatory, this standard provides a consistent method for measuring below-grade spaces, offering an additional layer of detail for those interested in advertising such spaces. This standard is set to enhance the comparability and accuracy of property listings.

Understanding the BGMS Principles:

Principle 1: Applicability

  • The BGMS applies to floor levels that are below the highest elevation of the property.

Principle 2: Measurement Method

  • Measurements are to be taken at the exterior of the foundation. Where this isn’t feasible, interior measurements plus wall thickness are used.

Principle 3: Ceiling Height Requirement

  • The minimum ceiling height for included floor areas is 60 inches (1.52 meters), ensuring a standard for livable space.

Principle 4: Documentation and Transparency

  • All measurements and excluded areas must be documented in a clear diagram, forming an essential part of the listing file.

Why These Changes Matter:

These updates mark a significant stride towards improving the accuracy and consistency of property measurements. They reflect the evolving nature of residential properties and ensure that both consumers and real estate professionals can make informed decisions based on reliable data.

Preparing for the Transition:

While these changes officially take effect in 2024, I encourage my fellow real estate professionals to familiarize themselves with these new standards. As always, feel free to reach out to me, Michael Newton, for insights or assistance in navigating these changes.


In an ever-evolving real estate landscape, staying informed and adaptable is key. These updates to the RMS are a testament to our industry's commitment to excellence and consumer trust. For more information or to discuss how these changes might impact your property, don't hesitate to contact me, Michael Newton, at (403) 512-9825 or Visit my website,, for more insights and updates in the Calgary real estate market.

Call to Action:

Stay ahead in the real estate game! Share this post to spread the word about these important changes. And if you’re contemplating upsizing your home in Calgary, let’s connect to explore how these new measurement standards can benefit your property journey.

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