20 June 2005
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
PURPOSE AND SCOPE.
This UFC provides guidance for the use of model building codes for design and
construction of Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. Public Law 104-113, National
Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, requires Federal use of private
sector consensus standards wherever practicable. The goal of the law is to reduce
reliance on Federal standards by using industry standards when there is potential to
simplify contracting, increase timeliness and cost effectiveness, and promote the safety
and welfare of users.
This UFC applies to design and construction of all facilities for the Department of
Defense. It is applicable to all methods of project delivery, including both design-bid-
build and design-build.
Use the 2003 International Building Code (IBC-2003), as indicated by Chapter 2, and
excluding appendices A through J, as the building code for the Department of Defense
for regulating and governing the design and construction of all property, buildings and
The use of a model building code for DoD projects is intended to promote
communication in the marketplace, improve competition, and result in cost savings.
However, the military often requires higher standards to achieve more stringent life-
cycle performance, or to construct facilities that do not exist in the private sector. The
modifications to the model code listed in Chapter 2 are based upon those unique
military requirements. In the case of conflicts between the model code and the military
criteria, use the military requirements.
Military criteria other than those listed in Chapter 2 may be applicable to specific types
of structures, building systems, or building occupancies. Such structures, systems, or
buildings must meet the additional requirements of the applicable military criteria.
For antiterrorism requirements, refer to UFC 4-010-01, UFC 4-010-02 and/or Combatant
Commander Anti-terrorism/Force Protection construction standards. Project documents
must provide only the minimum amount of information necessary for the installation of
all elements required for force protection and must not contain information on force
protection methods, philosophy, or information on design threats, as this information is
considered sensitive and for official use only. For further guidance, contact the