Doors and Windows

Air Force Corporate Standards

Provide doors and windows for a long facility life span and for maximum flexibility under adaptive use. Select durable, low-maintenance doors, windows and frames. Hardware types and finishes should not degrade or show excessive wear over their lifespan.

Install glazing in doors and locate windows to preserve paths of sunlight. Create openings to enhance air flow and to facilitate passive ventilation. Balance building performance with occupant comfort, health, safety, security and productivity.

Visually integrate doors and windows with the overall facility design to create an organized appearance. These elements, systems and materials, including door hardware, must convey a level of visual quality and durability that is acceptable for the facility group number.


Following the directives of UFC 1-200-02, determine whether passive ventilation and cooling systems are cost-effectively incorporated prior to designing active mechanical systems. When interior partitions are required, but would disrupt natural air flow from exterior windows, consider integrating operable interior windows to preserve natural ventilation. Maximize natural ventilation with window and door types, strategic location and ease of operation. Coordinate door and window systems with thermal mass interior walls and floors.

Door and window systems should enhance indoor environmental quality and must provide daylighting. Material specifications should consider environmentally preferable products, products with recycled content, as well as low-emitting and biobased products.

Ensure doors, windows, and frames are finished with low VOC-content applications. Refer to EPA guidelines for recycled content and cost-effectively meet or exceed the standards. Select biobased materials following USDA as applicable for the facility group number.


Provide doors and windows in interior partitions where functionally required and incorporate risk mitigation elements. In areas vulnerable to storm surge or flooding, provide materials and finishes to withstand these events with minimal damage.

UFC 1-200-01 General Building Requirements

UFC 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements

UFC 3-120-10 Interior Design