IFS Overview

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This Installation Facilities Standards (IFS) document is part of the Air Force Corporate Facilities Standards (AFCFS) program to assist bases in implementing facilities standards at the local level. Bases are required to develop and maintain an IFS, which replaces the Architectural Compatibility Plan, as a component plan of the Installation Development Plan (IDP).

IFS is a base-level program of facility standards establishing an acceptable level of quality and performance for facility design, facility operations and ongoing building maintenance. IFS provides an exciting direction forward; intended to create sustainable installations and cohesive, efficient, High Performance and Sustainable Buildings throughout the Air Force.

Our primary goal is optimizing mission success while reducing initial costs, life-cycle costs, energy use, and water use. Mission success is optimizing productivity and well-being of all Airmen and civilian personnel. IFS’ goal is to support mission success while balancing available resources with an appropriate level of quality. Balancing cost, functionality and character in facility design will help us meet the diverse and stringent demands of our missions.

Three major objectives of AFCFS and IFS are as follows:

First is to define Air Force standardized acceptable facility quality standards with narrative and sample images.

Second is to reinforce AF criteria and policy requiring lower initial costs, life-cycle costs, energy use, and water use. …and

Third is to provide a hierarchy of acceptable material quality performance standards consistent with DOD and AF criteria (links), including acceptable ranges of facility visual quality, durability, and use of resources.

IFS consists of three main sections in a web-based publication. A principal theme is the designation of facilities into Facility Groups for which an applicable level of quality is assigned. Standards are provided to define an acceptable range of quality for each group number. Meeting (without exceeding) quality standards ensure optimal application of resources and investments. Overall, buildings must balance minimal use of resources while maintaining longevity, flexibility, and visual appropriateness for their specific group – a philosophy which emphasizes resource efficiency.

Consistent with this philosophy, IFS emphasizes the cost- and time-saving efficiencies of a holistic, comprehensive approach to design through which individual systems are fully integrated from inception through design. IFS is intended to define Air Force expectations for base-level standards and professional A-E design decisions.

IFS provides comprehensive facility planning and design tools and resources; but perhaps more significantly, it provides a vision that links resource efficiency to mission accomplishment.

As we fully implement the AFCFS program including this base-level IFS, all of our new and renovated facilities will firmly represent the dignity, virtue and long-term sustainability of the United States Air Force.