tall storeys

This is for those who continue to insist that the Bosa tower with 21 floors is actually 24 storeys tall.

Storey is a rough indicator of height; metres and feet are exact measures of height.

A 4 storey building could be anywhere from 35 to 52 feet tall – it depends on the materials used, type of construction, mechanical systems, and ceiling height on each floor. This is most obvious in older cities where it is common to see a 4 storey building beside a 6 storey building, but the one with more floors is actually shorter.

Materials and construction methods are in a constant state of evolution. For example, my apartment has aluminum wiring, doesn’t have sprinklers, and was made with different stud sizes than most buildings in White Rock. Yet, its construction is typical for the early 1970s. Design expectations, building standards, and construction technologies change over time. These changes result in different definitions of “typical” – what was typical in 1970 is different than what was typical in 1995, which is different than what was typical in 1940.

A storey merely implies height and density – it is very imprecise. It differs too much from building to building, commercial to residential, to make it of any use beyond a loose, general description. As soon as you get into critiquing the exact height of a building, it doesn’t make sense to continue using storeys. If you’re intending to speak with precision about the heights of buildings, use metres or feet as your units of measurement, not storeys.

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