Casework Systems

Air Force Corporate Standards

Cabinets, countertops and hardware must be appropriate for the Facility Group and for the particular application and frequency of use. Materials should be durable and not show excessive wear over their lifespan. Countertops should be neutral in color, smooth-to-light textured and compatible with adjacent cabinet surfaces and plumbing fixtures.

When used for storage, furniture systems are preferred rather than built-in cabinetry or casework in office, administrative and operational applications. Casework or architectural millwork may be provided in main lobbies in Groups 1 and 2, consolidated break areas and work areas, and food service areas in Groups 1, 2, and 3 and in kitchens and baths in Group 4.

Materials, shapes, and detailing should convey an image of long-lasting quality without extravagance. Avoid trendy designs. Comply with Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).


Casework countertops and built-in construction materials and finishes should promote indoor environmental quality. Material specifications should include consideration of environmentally preferable products, products with recycled content, low-emitting and biobased products.

Rapidly renewable materials, such as bamboo plywood and wheat board, may be used for the construction of cabinet substrates. These materials may be exposed as a natural finish for cabinetry when their appearance is neutral in color, light in texture and unaffected by wearing.

Specify materials and products with low VOC and with low or no pollutant emissions including composite wood products, adhesives, sealants, paints, and finishes. Meet or exceed EPA's recycled-content recommendations. Consider biobased materials under USDA’s program to promote their use for cabinet components or substrates when acceptable for the facility group.


Verify the local climate conditions and associated risks and avoid the use of systems and materials that delaminate when exposed to high humidity or intense UV light.

UFC 1-200-01 General Building Requirements

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

UFC 3-120-10 Interior Design

US Air Force Family Housing Design Guide for Planning, Programming, Design, and Construction