1 July 1998
9-1. MANDATORY DESIGN CRITERIA AND STANDARDS. Although not all-inclusive, this
paragraph contains lists of Federal requirements that are established by executive orders,
public laws, local requirements, and other directives. These requirements and all other
Federal requirements must be reviewed and included in the RFP as applicable for each new
project. Force protection shall be considered and included in the project requirements.
Requirements should be established in conjunction with the Corps of Engineers Mandatory
Centers of Expertise for Protective Design and Electronic Security Systems.
a. Life Cycle Costs. As mandated by Federal laws and regulations, design decisions for
all types of construction projects will be based on life cycle cost determinations and the impact
on productivity and operating efficiency of the functions within the facility. Studies or other
analyses will be made to consider the life cycle cost of the facility to arrive at an economical
cost that takes into consideration not only the initial construction costs, but also the operating
and maintenance costs of the building and its associated impact on the mission performance
over the anticipated life of the facility.
b. Energy and Water Conservation. Where commercial standards, guide specifications,
or codes are used, all laws, Federal regulations, Executive Orders, and lessons-learned
applicable and essential to Federal facilities must be identified and specifically included in the
RFP as a supplement to commercial criteria.
NOTE: The Corps guide specifications, engineering instructions, technical manuals,
Architectural and Engineering Instructions, and Air Force Engineering Technical Letters
represent current, maintained criteria in which all the mandatory and essential requirements for
Federal facilities have been included. It is recommended that preparers of the RFP be
thoroughly familiar with all the requirements of Federal-constructed facilities.
Preparers of the RFP are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are clearly stated in
the RFP and that proposals accepted will result in final constructed facilities that meet or
exceed all Federal laws and mandates. Current Energy and Water Conservation mandates
and regulations include the following:
(1) Presidential Executive Order 12902. EO 12902 has many new energy and water
conservation requirements including a mandate to specify and install all equipment with higher
minimum efficiencies than those specified in Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR Part 435
and that are competitively available and life cycle cost effective. Higher minimum efficiencies
are being researched and are being incorporated into the CE guide specifications as newer,
nonproprietary products become commercially available. These minimum efficiencies must be
included in the RFP.
EO 12902 requires agencies to construct Showcase facilities to demonstrate new and
innovative technologies. Many Design-Build projects are excellent candidates for Showcase
facilities since the emphasis on Design-Build contracting allows for maximum innovation by
contractors. Design Criteria Professionals should assess which projects will be good
candidates for Showcase Facilities. The RFP may be developed with added emphasis and