# How many metres in a story?

I asked my friend David, an architect, to give me a ballpark figure for how tall a “story” is in a building. Because measurements in the media are often given in “stories” — like “the giant wave was over 10 stories tall” — I wanted to have an ability to make approximate calculations. Here’s what David told me:

A building like the new Government of Canada building would be 4 to 5 metres a story. A house would be more like 3m.

My original reason for asking was to add some real-worldness to this post about wind turbines. The wind seems to get really interesting at the 80m level here in Charlottetown — using David’s figures, that’s about the height of a 17 story office building. In other words, very tall.

Too tall for my back yard.

alexander o'neill on February 20, 2006 - 23:52

One of Donal Trump’s high-rises in New York City is claimed to be 68 ‘stories’ high, even though there are only 58 floors in the building. The reasoning is that there are 10 floors designed for commercial use and the rest are residential, which have lower ceilings.

Ron on February 21, 2006 - 02:23

Another point of reference for your windmill,
the spires of St. Dunstans are 62m.

Ann on February 21, 2006 - 15:56

Check out the local CBC website to see how Alberton is wrestling with this very question.

Biff Rodgers on January 8, 2010 - 04:26

Do you realize that a story is actually equal to 4.705882359411764705882352941176 metres… You fool.