1 May 2006
explains the environmental issues related to building materials and provides technical
guidance on green building material selection.
Department of Defense (DOD) Energy Budget
Design of new facilities must ensure that building energy consumption does not exceed
the DOD energy budget figures.
Cost estimating procedures must follow the guidance given at the AFCEE and AFCESA
websites. The following special factors should be accounted for when establishing
initial estimates of project costs, in addition to the usual cost estimating considerations:
Relatively large book stack dead loads may require special floor structure
In larger facilities, clear spans for reading rooms may require
particularized and costly structural systems. However, these may be
essential to the character and functioning of these major focal spaces of
Acoustic isolation of conference rooms, audio/visual listening/viewing
rooms, computer labs, printing and reproduction areas, individual and
group study rooms, children's areas, and the elimination of noise transfer
through HVAC ducts, may significantly impact project costs.
Special construction items, such as movable partitions, theft detection and
alarm systems, specialty wiring for computer terminals, etc., will incur
Provide preliminary soils analysis to determine whether high site work and
foundation costs will be required. Local wind, snow, permafrost, seismic
activity, tornados, hurricanes, floods, and other weather conditions must
be considered for their impact on project costs.
Consider the costs for meeting seismic requirements to stabilize book
Conceal conduit and fiber-optic, local area network wiring, yet provide
easy access for continuous upgrading. It is required for multiple areas in
the library such as public services, information services, technical
services, and children's areas. Customer set-up for laptop use, whether
wireless or connected, is also required.
Consider the site of the existing facility and its limitations with regard to the library's
needs. Only permanent facilities should be considered for conversion to a library.
Exceptions may be made for other buildings that are in excellent condition, subject to
the location determinants in Section 2-5 Site Evaluation and Location.
Adaptation of Existing Facilities