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Office Fit-Out and Construction: Difference of Handover Conditions - Warm Shell and Bare Shell

Updated: May 24, 2022

One of the essential key variables that affects the level of productivity and comfortability of the employees is the physical working environment and spaces. It is one of the vital factors that you must consider in starting your business operations as providing a good working environment makes your workers do their job efficiently and effectively. Afterall, your workplace is considered as your people’s second home so you must make it a space that is highly habitable.

To build your office space, you must understand the standard handover conditions that are available in the Philippine office market -- Bare Shell and Warm Shell. In this article, to help us define the two is our CRE broker Kim Camarse, who has been in practice for 8 years in the Philippines.

Warm Shell vs. Bare Shell

According to Ms. Camarse, to describe a typical warm-shell handover in the Philippines is to see a cold shell of open space with a fully functional ceiling, smooth flooring that is ready to receive carpet tiles, and white painted walls.

Warm Shell Property

In contrast is a bare-shell which is also a shell of open space but with an open ceiling, rough flooring, and unpainted walls. There may be some mechanicals in place such as AC units, lighting fixtures, but it may be as minimal as possible which is only fire protection.

Bare Shell Property

Summary Comparison of Bare Shell and Warm Shell

​Bare Shell

Warm Shell

Can be with/without AC

Has AC units in place

No functional ceiling in place but includes fire protection as its a mandate by LGUs

Functional ceilings with acoustic boards, t-runners, lighting, fresh air supply

Rough cement flooring

Smooth cement/Ready to receive carpet tiles

Unpainted walls

White-painted walls

No plumbing in place

Finished plumbing


Bare Shell and Warm Shell Properties both have their advantages and disadvantages, it just depends on the needs of the occupier.

For Warm Shell, occupiers need less fit-out cost if their desig