Department of Defense  

Unified Facilities Criteria Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Unified Facilities Criteria program to unify all technical criteria and standards pertaining to planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of real property facilities. The program seeks to streamline the military criteria system by eliminating duplication of information, increasing reliance on private-sector standards, and creating a more efficient criteria development and publishing process. Both technical publications and guide specifications are part of the UFC program. Previously, each service had its own publishing system resulting in criteria being disseminated in different formats. UFC documents have a uniform format and a standardized numbering scheme.

The UFC program is administered by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). Additional information may be obtained by using the pull down menu under each of the logos above. Numerous working groups with one or more technical experts from each participating organization develop the technical publications. Further information on the UFC program can be found in MIL-STD-3007 and in the UFC program report from the last fiscal year. UFC 1-300-01 and UFC 1-300-02 provide information on developing UFC documents.

Though unification of all DOD criteria is the ultimate goal, there are instances when a particular document may not apply to all services, or some documents may have not been fully revised to reflect all service requirements before being issued in the UFC system. In these instances, the UFC document number will be followed by an alpha-designator, such as UFC 1-300-09N. Alpha-designators are as follows:

A   USACE
F   Air Force
N   Navy

UFGS in MasterFormat™ 2004 have a numeric designator at the end of the document number, for example UFGS 01 20 00.00 20. The fifth numeric pair in this numbering system identifies it as an agency-unique section. If there is no fifth pair in the UFGS number, it is a unified section, for use by all participating agencies. Numeric designators are as follows:

10   USACE
20   Navy
30   Air Force
40   NASA

In 1989, DoD adopted the Construction Criteria Base (CCB) information system as the official distribution method for facilities criteria. Over the years, the military services have been instrumental in the advancement of CCB and have overseen its evolution into the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).

Publications, Guidelines & Directives

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Specifications & Criteria

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