13 July 2006
CHAPTER 5 BUILDING SYSTEMS
Fuel oil, liquid petroleum gas, and propane heating systems are acceptable when
determined to be cost effective from a life-cycle cost basis.
Master meters or individual unit meters are required for family housing areas to
accurately monitor the consumption and cost data for electricity, gas, and water utilities.
Provide exterior lighting, controlled from inside the living unit, at each exterior door and
in carport or garage. As a minimum, provide wall-switched overhead light fixtures in
kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, walk-in closets, bathrooms, halls, stairs, and
utility/storage rooms. An electrical wall outlet should be located in hallway near
bedrooms. Unit lighting fixtures should have a minimum overall Light Efficacy Rating
(LER) of 65, including ballasts. For further guidance, see standards and Lighting
Handbook published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).
Wall switch operated and Energy Star labeled ceiling fans in living/dining area, family
room, and bedrooms are desirable. Fans should be provided with compact fluorescent
fixtures with T-4 827 lamps.
Note: UFC 3-530-01AN provides Army and Navy guidance for use of the IESNA
The telephone company serving the installation should be responsible for installing and
maintaining the telephone distribution system up to the demarcation point (the point
where the telephone company wiring connects to government owned wiring).
Telephone service wiring within units should be a minimum of Category 5 wiring located
in kitchen, living room, family room, dining room, and all bedrooms, with multiple
modular jacks compatible with furniture arrangements. Multiple communication jacks
are desirable. Install a 2.5 cm (1 in) diameter conduit from telephone house connection
location to attic, basement or crawl space, to facilitate future telecommunication wiring.
Where commercial cable TV (CATV) service is available, the CATV service contractor
(franchisee) should be responsible for installing and maintaining the distribution system
from signal source to final connections at building termination. Provide, as a minimum,
duplex pre-wired cable TV/television antenna outlets in living room, family room, and