15 June 2006
The following paragraphs address special considerations and material issues for
selecting and specifying materials and finishes; however, these do not cover all finishes
normally incorporated into design projects.
4-4.1 Paint Selection.
Paint selection and specification will be based on the UFGS 09900 Paints and Coatings.
Each coating category is identified in the Master Painter's Institute (MPI) "Approved
Products List" as either having been performance tested or categorized for intended
use. Select paints and coatings from MPI's "Detailed Performance Standards" which are
paints and coatings that have been tested to specific performance standards. Do not
use MPI's "Intended Use" standards, as they have not been tested against the
Painting Specification Manual" for more information.
Where carpet is required, each project has specific carpet requirements in regards to
performance, aesthetics, functional use and maintenance. Refer to the UFGS 09680
Carpet specification for guidance on selections and discussion on standards and
performance. See Air Force ETL titled "Air Force Carpet Standards" for specific material
and performance requirements. In addition, the designer must coordinate carpet
selections and specifications with the installation design guides. Carpet tile will be
specified where electrical power and/or communications are accessed from the floor.
The use of a multi-colored and/or patterned carpet is recommended due to superior soil
4-4.3 Wallcovering and Mold Issues.
Breathable wall coverings are required where used on the interior face of exterior walls
in environments with high humidity where mold frequently occurs. Air Force ETL titled
"Design Criteria for the Prevention of Mold in Air Force Facilities" and NAVFAC Interim
Technical Guidance ITG FY05-02, NAVFAC Humid Area HVAC Design Criteria
provides more discussion of this issue. Also, refer to UFGS 09720 Wall Coverings.
4-4.4 Window Treatments.
Maintain uniformity of window treatments and color for primary window treatments such
as miniblinds or roller shades which are viewed from the outside of the building. Primary
window treatments may be included in the SID and the construction documents.
Secondary window treatments such as sheers, draperies, top treatments, and room-
darkening shades are specified as required on a project-by-project basis and are
usually included as part of the FF&E package.
4-4.5 Interior Signage.
Ensure that interior signage schedules and details are incorporated into the contract