The scientific and technical level attained at
a given time.
Station Outlet. An outlet point in a piped medical gas
distribution system at which the user makes connections and
Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA). Agreements between the
United States government and the government of a foreign nation
(host nation) which allows U.S. Forces to engage in some activity
(such as occupy, build, or otherwise have temporary rights) which
otherwise would not be possible. SOFA agreements usually
stipulate governing rules, codes and standards which must be
followed in the course of construction on that nation's soil.
Sound Transmission Class..
Sterilization. One of many methods of waste handling.
Sterilization relates to rendering hazardous or infectious wastes
harmless (i.e., free from living microorganisms, etc.) by
antiseptic solution, heat, steam, and/or pressure.
Story. That portion of a building located between the upper
surface of a floor and the upper surface of the floor or roof
next above. Stories shall be counted starting at the primary
level of exit discharge and ending at the highest occupiable
level. For the purposes of this definition, the primary level of
exit discharge of a building shall be that floor that is level
with or above finished grade of this exterior wall line for 50
percent or more of its perimeter. All DoD facilities shall
conform to this definition.
Street. A public thoroughfare that has been dedicated for
vehicular use by the public and can be used for access by fire
department vehicles. Enclosed spaces and tunnels, even though
used for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, are not considered as
streets for the purposes of this definition.
Street Floor. Any story or floor level accessible from the
street or from outside the building at ground level, with floor
level at main entrance not more than three risers above or below
ground level and arranged and utilized as to qualify as the main
floor. Where, due to differences in street levels, two or more
stories are accessible from the street, each is a street floor
for the purposes of this handbook. Where there is no floor level
within the specified limits for a street floor above or below
ground level, the building shall be considered as having no
Sustainable Design. Design, construction, operation and
reuse/removal of the built environment in an environmentally and
energy efficient manner.