When we talk about height, usually we mean the distance from an object to an external zero reference such as the ground.  I'm looking for a single word that describes how much height or weight is *resting on* or *hanging from* an object, where the object itself is the zero reference.  For example:

> If the top floor has a ____ of zero, then the third floor of a five-story building has a ____ of two.

If there's a word for this concept in mathematics, that would be ideal.  A word from architecture or shipbuilding would also be nice.  I considered the word *freeboard*, which is roughly the height of a ship above the waterline, but the reference always seems to be the waterline.  I don't think you'd speak of the freeboard above a particular deck.