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2-3.7 Health & Safety Criteria.
Designers must comply with NFPA 101 and provide for safe egress in the event of fire.
For other code issues, use the International Building Code as modified by the UFC 3-
600-01, Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities. Designers must provide protection
against injury and death from falls, chemical emissions, electronic emissions, and
microbial conditions. Designers must use materials with low VOC emissions, superior
indoor air quality characteristics as well as antimicrobial components. Designers must
also incorporate appropriate ergonomic design in the facility and furnishings.
2-3.8 Environmental Quality.
Designers must be concerned with designing an environment that is comfortable,
welcoming and conducive to work or other prescribed activity. Contributing factors
include proper HVAC, lighting, acoustics and furnishings. Acoustic design issues
include speech privacy, sound isolation or sound masking. See UFC 3-450-01 Vibration
and Noise Control
. Lighting, both artificial and daylight,
is an important tool
the ambiance of the environment. See UFC 3-530-01, Design: Interior and Exterior
Lighting for lighting requirements.
2-3.9 Way Finding.
Interior design for military facilities must incorporate methods of way finding through the
facility, including the development of an interior signage package, using color and
patterns as applicable. These design components will form a well-organized,
comprehensible interior environment that guides users and visitors through the building
to their destinations. Refer to UFC 3-120-01, Air Force Sign Standard.
2-3.10 Sustainable Design.
Designers must incorporate sustainable design in the selection of materials and in the
promotion of interior environmental quality. Projects must achieve designated LEED
ratings. Consider sustainable or "green" design elements on all projects. Designers will
evaluate furnishings and finish materials containing recycled product and materials that
can be recycled at the "end of their useful life". Whenever possible, use sustainable
principles when choosing interior finishes and materials, furnishings and equipment,
especially on projects slated as Sustainable Showcases.
2-3.11 Overseas Requirements.
Overseas projects may have special interior design requirements based on availability
of products and interior finish materials. Finish materials may need to be selected from
international color-matching system that can serve as a reference for painted and pre-
finished interior and exterior finish materials. It is recommended that special
requirements be identified as early in the design process as possible so that product