Structural Systems

Air Force Corporate Standards

Integrate long-term flexibility into the structural design of new facilities. Minimize interior columns and bearing walls; combine required bearing walls with building core elements whenever possible. Provide economical structure without compromising flexibility or a quality, professional appearance corresponding to the Facility Group designation.

Coordinate framing members and bearing walls with exterior wall systems for an organized appearance. Fully integrate and accommodate mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems when the structure is exposed as the finished ceiling.


Per UFC 1-200-02, use an integrated design approach to cost-effectively incorporate passive strategies into structural systems. The use of thermal mass in permanent load-bearing walls at building cores and in floor and roof decks is encouraged. Integrally colored masonry and concrete are preferred for thermal storage.

UFC 1-200-01 General Building Requirements

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

UFC 3-301-01 Structural Engineering

UFC 3-310-04 Seismic Design of Buildings

UFC 3-340-02 Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions