1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
The effective date of project supporting databases (Unit Prices, Labor and Equipment)
may not reflect current pricing information for the project area. The Adjust Pricing
feature of MCACES may be used to bring the project supporting databases to the
current date and project area. Cost Escalation Tables and Area Cost Factor Tables will
be provided by the Government to determine the applicable adjustment factors.
Design contingency may be applied at early design stages, depending on the
amount of design anticipated outside MDS criteria. See specific design submittal
requirements for applicable percentages. When used, assign this contingency as either
an Owner Cost before Escalation or a Prime Contractor Indirect Cost after Bond, as the
estimating software allows. DD Form 1391 typically provides a construction cost
contingency: 5% for new construction and 10% for add/alter projects. No other
contingencies are allowed.
For requirements on separation of MCAR and OMAR funding in cost
estimates, see Section 1-10 of this Guide.
Energy conservation through building design has
received a great deal of attention in recent times. Tremendous
potential exists for trimming energy consumption and operating
costs in both new and existing buildings. As such, it is the most
current directive for energy management. Additional energy
conservation measures are incorporated in "Sustainable Design
Guidelines", applicable to USAR projects. See Section 2-2.3.,
and below. UFC 3-400-01 applies to all new and renovated
3-13.1.1 Site Related Buildings located to utilize winter sun, prevailing winds, and
natural land forms. Landscaping and planting to shade the building from summer sun
and to block winter winds. East/west orientation of long axis of buildings.
3-13.1.2 Building Envelope
New or replacement insulation: thicknesses, insulating values, insulation
placement, and vapor barriers.
Energy efficient windows: reduced glass area, the number of panes, light
transmission and reflectivity, type of window construction, window
placement, double/triple glazed windows, etc. Protection of windows
from direct summer sun: overhangs, shades, blinds, solar films,
tinted glass, solar screens and plantings.
Weather stripping and caulking to reduce infiltration.
Building shapes or frames with low exterior surface to volume ratio.
Maximize advantage of winter solar heat gain and natural daylight.
Earth contact design, such as full or partial wall berms or underground