Fire Protection. Refer to MIL-HDBK-1008 and NFPA 232, Protection of
Records for design criteria and guidance. Use MIL-HDBK-1008 as a minimum
standard to determine types of fire protection required as well as specific
criteria to use.
Classifications. MIL-HDBK-1008 provides guidance for classification
of occupancy and occupancy hazard classification. Classification of occupancy
is a function of the intended use of the building and is one of seven major
occupancy classification groups. Occupancy hazard classification is a
function of the quantity and combustibility of the contents. The principal
hazard classifications are light, ordinary, and extra.
Windowless Buildings. A number of facilities, or portions of
facilities, discussed herein may be classified as windowless buildings.
Provide additional fire protection and life safety measures for windowless
buildings in accordance with MIL-HDBK-1008 and NFPA 101.
Provide life safety systems in accordance with NFPA
101 and MIL-HDBK-1008.
Design Standards. The information and references herein are
presented as a guide for the designer. It is intended that the requirements
presented herein be considered a minimum and that they take precedence over
requirements of the references or from other sources. However, if in the best
judgement of the designer, a more restrictive requirement is appropriate, the
more restrictive requirement may be applied after consulting with the user.