Air Force Corporate Standards

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 will 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. Masonry and concrete with integral color are preferred for thermal storage. Consider dark colors for materials to increase solar heat absorption.

Select materials and products, including finishes, with low VOC. Meet or exceed EPA guidance for recycled content. Specify products meeting or exceeding the USDA minimum for biobased content requirements while meeting IFS metrics.


Provide detailing for masonry or concrete thermal mass walls, locate and install joints, and select finishes to resist and recover from movement due to the effects of increased thermal expansion or seismic events.

Confirm finish materials are resistant to increased humidity. When dust migration is a documented risk, provide surfaces that are repellent or impervious.

UFC 1-200-01 General Building Requirements

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

UFC 3-120-10 Interior Design

UFC 3-450-01 Noise and Vibration Control

AFI 32-6002 Family Housing Planning, Programming, Design, and Construction

USAF/DOE Design Guide for Military Family Housing - Energy Efficient Revitalization and New Construction

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