Air Force Corporate Facilities Standards


Finishes and Color

  • Exposed thermal-mass integrally-colored materials including brick, concrete and plaster are preferred for permanent walls in Group 1 and 2 facilities; do not paint or apply finishes to thermal mass walls.
  • Interior concrete block walls are prohibited in Groups 1, 2 and 4; neutral split-face or ground-face integrally colored block may be used in Group 3.
  • Limit the use of wood paneling to accents and wainscoting in Group 1 and high-visibility high-use areas in Group 2.
  • Provide one to two accent colors on walls; trims and accessories may be used as accents in Groups 1, 2 and 4.
  • Minimize the use of wallcovering such as vinyl, wallpaper, etc.
  • Select durable, cost-effective, commercial-grade finishes that do not show excessive wear.
  • Avoid heavy texture on drywall partitions to ensure ease of cleaning.
  • Protect walls and corners with components such as chair rails and corner guards in high use areas; impacts must be considered when selecting wall systems.
  • All utility devices and fire-protection components must be factory finished in colors to blend with the adjacent surface.
  • Integrally colored materials shall be neutral; do not paint concrete, brick, block, ceramic tile or other integrally colored materials; a clear sealer may be used on masonry.

Use open office configurations and open plan arrangements for maximum flexibility. Minimize the use of constructed walls; permanent or semi-permanent interior walls for private offices and spaces are discouraged. Providing visual and acoustical privacy and security in systems furniture or modular furniture is preferred.

Provide durable low-maintenance wall materials and finishes for a long life span with the possibility of one or more uses of spaces during that time. Apply wall finishes assuming a 10-year lifespan. Color shall be cohesive and of consistent quality throughout a facility.

Comply with Unified Facilities Criteria for Sound Transmission Loss (TL), Noise Reduction (NR) and Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings.


Cost-effectively incorporate passive design strategies before active mechanical systems are designed following UFC 1-200-02. Fully integrate openings within walls to support passive systems.

Interior elements must preserve the functionality of thermal-mass floors and walls; coordinate functionally required partitions with the building’s passive heating and cooling system. Use integrally colored materials, such as masonry or concrete, for thermal-mass walls.

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