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Spanish term or phrase:Superficie util/ construida
English translation:Usable area/built area
Entered by: Eileen Brophy
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20:20 Apr 4, 2008
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Spanish term or phrase: Superficie util/ construida
Can anyone please help me and tell me how to define these two terms ?

Superficie útil........ I assume this is surface area
Superficie construida..... but this one?

How would an estate agent define it in English please?
Eileen Brophy
Local time: 13:29

Summary of answers provided
5 -1Useable area/ built area

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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): -1
Useable area/ built area

Please don't fall into the trap of using 'surface' as a real estate term (in any context). The above can be further refined using 'gross' and 'net' depending on the context. If you need to check then google either of the above terms for a definition.
You may sometimes see 'floor area'. This is used as a ratio in the US (plot ratio in the UK) for planning considerations. 'Floor' in the above terms is redundant.

Note added at 5 hrs (2008-04-05 01:41:55 GMT)


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Asker: What do you suggest then as gross area is not valid either as that refers to the entire floor area of the building and as these are apartments......

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disagree  Nikki Graham: I accept usable area is possible, but I have never found, not even looking now, any evidence that a direct translation of "superficie construida" (built area) is correct, and in British English, at least, the use of floor area in this case is also correct
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  -> The floor area ratio (US) or plot ratio (UK) is the ratio of the built area to the site area
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