Carpet Area, Built-up Area & Super Built-up Area

Posted by Pallavi Krishna on April 1st, 2021

A house is made of bricks and beams and a home is made of hopes and dreams. To adorn the home with hopes and dreams, one has to own a house which is not an easy task. One may have enough finances but it is essential to know the jargon of real estate. One should have some knowledge about the terms used in real estate language. We will discuss three terms which sounds almost similar but there is a vast difference in their meaning.

1. Pyramid Concept : Let’s make this jargon of words more simple. For a layman to understand, we will go through the concept of a pyramid. If a pyramid is to be divided into three parts, the largest portion of the pyramid, that is the base would be taken as the super built-up area, the middle can be taken as Built-up area and the topmost smaller chunk is the carpet area. This is exactly that portion which one gets for his use in his apartment. Here is the pyramid to make the explanation simpler.

2. Carpet Area : Carpet area is exactly that part of the house which can be covered by a carpet. It goes with its name. Carpet area does not cover the thickness of the inner walls, pillars or any area which is not inside the apartment.
This is the actual area which one gets for use in the house. The following spaces fall under carpet area :
All rooms
Kitchen
Stores
Staircase if within the apartment
Balconies within the apartment

(a) Carpet Area as defined by RERA : Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) defines carpet area as the net usable floor area of an apartment and the thickness of the internal partition walls of the apartment. It does The developers have to disclose the carpet area so that the sale price could be calculated. It does not include the area covered by the external walls, areas under service shafts and exclusive open terrace area.

3. Built-up Area : Built-up area is the total area that covers the internal and external walls and the carpet area. This includes utility ducts and balcony or verandah if available. The area of the walls means the area covered by the thickness of the walls. The built-up area is the sum of the carpet area and the thickness of the outer walls of the apartment. Usually it is 70% – 80 % of the super built-up area. It can be calculated as the total area enclosed in the outline of the apartment.

4. Super built-up Area : Super built-up area is the sum of built-up area and all the common areas that includes lobby, staircase, lifts, corridor and in some cases amenities such as swimming pool, gardens, sports area, club house are also included in super built-up area. This area is also known as saleable area. At times, builders charge, based on saleable area. Yet Super built-up areas do not include open to sky swimming pool, compound walls, open sports amenities, weather sheds, flower beds, water or septic tanks, open to sky terraces if any etc. This area is the actual area measurement as specified by the builder. So if the amenities are more, then higher the Super built-up area and definitely more the price.

5. Ultimately : One has to be well versed with the terms related to space and the legalities that come with it. Carpet area is the area that can actually be covered by a carpet excluding the thickness of the inner walls. Built-up area is the sum of carpet area and the thickness of external and internal walls. Super built-up area is the sum of built-up area and the common areas including all amenities. Real estate is the best source of investment. Anyone without any special skills can invest in real estate but only one precaution is required. The buyer should know the terminology used in this process of buying. Learn the terms before you buy an asset in real estate as this is the only investment with almost no risks of financial loss.

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Pavan Kumar


Pallavi Krishna

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