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What is a building footprint?

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In architecture, a building's footprint is defined as the total perimeter area of a structure's exterior foundation walls. This does not include any secondary structures outside the building itself, nor does it include any supporting construction, such as parking lots or utility areas.

When determining a building's footprint, architects and municipal planning boards use the total horizontal area to be utilized in the building's construction. Vertical space does not come at quite the same premium, so it is not usually a part of initial considerations. Actual linear feet on the ground are considerably more scarce, which means that a great deal more attention must be paid during the planning phase to how much space a structure requires in order to be safe and secure for the foreseeable future. There are many databases that contain precise records of building footprints for virtually any structure currently standing. Most of these records are maintained by city and county planning boards, but some are also maintained at the state level. The same is true in other countries, where certain considerations in the building process must be included when planning both the footprint and the total height of the building. This often has more to do with the climate and environment of the region than anything of cultural note, however.

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How to Build a Footprint
Creating footprints for your garden is a fun and relatively simple project using a material called alginate, which is what the dentist uses to make molds of your teeth. You'll make molds of your feet, then fill them with cement to create footprint accent... More »
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