2019

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

Air Force Corporate Standards

Design high performance and sustainable buildings with efficient mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire protection systems coordinated into the overall design. Balance life-cycle cost, energy efficiency and occupant comfort with budgets and operational requirements.

Follow UFC 3-410-01 for HVAC system design requirements and criteria; it also establishes system efficiency requirements, cost effectiveness criteria and indoor temperature/humidity and ventilations requirements. Ensure maximum flexibility of systems.

Design complete MEP systems including materials, fixtures and equipment to safeguard health and property. Ensure systems provide economy and reliability. Provide simple, functional designs and systems.

Provide adequate and efficient exterior lighting to promote good visibility. Reduce glare and over-illumination by balancing the light level with surface reflectivity.

Meter all utilities for new facilities and major renovations. Comply with UFGS Sections 26 27 13.10 30, 26 27 14.00 20, 33 12 33.00 30, and 33 51 13.00 30.

Sustainability

Following UFC 1-200-02, evaluate site and building components to determine whether passive and natural design strategies and features are cost effectively incorporated before the active and mechanical systems are designed. Passive thermal comfort methods are allowed and encouraged when shown to be effective at maintaining required interior conditions/requirements and achieving lower life cycle cost than other methods.

Use a collaborative, integrated planning and design team, composed of user, government support staff and appropriate professionals to optimize energy performance and energy efficiency. Protect and conserve water for both indoor water and outdoor water following reduction strategies in UFC 1-200-02. The use of potable water for landscape irrigation is discouraged.

Implement renewable energy generation projects where life cycle cost effective and when there are no adverse effects on base wide electrical systems.

MEP systems should enhance indoor environmental quality and must meet thermal, humidity and ventilation requirements of UFC 3-410-01. Material specifications should include consideration of environmentally preferable products, products with recycled content, as well as low-emitting and biologically-based products.

General
UFC 1-200-01 General Building Requirements
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-1-200-01

UFC 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-1-200-02

UFC 3-400-02 Design: Engineering Weather Data
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-400-02

USAF/DOE Design Guide for Military Family Housing - Energy Efficient Revitalization and New Construction
http://www.wbdg.org/FFC/AF/AFDG/milfam.pdf

Mechanical
UFC 3-410-01 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-410-01

UFC 3-410-02 Direct Digital Control for HVAC and Other Building Control Systems
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-410-02

UFC 3-410-04 Industrial Ventilation
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-410-04

Plumbing
UFC 3-420-01 Plumbing Systems
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-420-01

UFC 3-440-01 Facility-Scale Renewable Energy Systems
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-440-01

AFI 32-1067 Water and Fuel Systems
https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a4/publication/afi32-1061/afi32-1061.pdf

Electrical
UFC 3-501-01 Electrical Engineering
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-501-01

AFI 32-1062 Electrical Power Plants and Generators
https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a4/publication/afi32-1062/afi32-1062.pdf

AFI 32-1064 Electrical Safe Practices
https://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/virtual_disk_library/index.cgi/821003/FID577/pubs/af/32/afi32-1064/afi32-1064.pdf

Fire Protection
UFC 3-600-01 Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-600-01

ETL 01-18 Fire Protection Engineering Criteria - Electronic Equipment Installations
http://www.wbdg.org/FFC/AF/AFETL/etl_01_18.pdf

ETL 98-8 Fire Protection Engineering Criteria - Existing Aircraft Facilities
http://www.wbdg.org/FFC/AF/AFETL/etl_98_8.pdf

ETL 95-1 Halon 1301 Management Planning Guidance
http://www.wbdg.org/FFC/AF/AFETL/etl_95_1.pdf

ETL 94-6 Fire Protection Engineering Criteria and Technical Guidance - Removal of Halogenated Agent Fire Suppression Systems
http://www.wbdg.org/FFC/AF/AFETL/etl_94_6.pdf

Communications
UFC 3-580-01 Telecommunications Interior Infrastructure Planning and Design
http://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc/ufc-3-580-01