1 May 2006
Latest edition of the NFPA standards
Occupancy for libraries is classified Assembly by NFPA 101 definition. In general, fire
protection systems shall conform to conventional United States standards and codes.
All new and refurbished buildings shall have automatic fire detection and/or fire
suppression systems, which shall be monitored to send signals to the base fire station
and/or central control or monitoring facilities. All materials and equipment shall be
protection systems and equipment shall be reviewed for all new and refurbished
buildings as part of a "Fire Risk Analysis" and "Fire Strategy" study, executed during the
design period. During the design period, careful consideration shall be given to the
selection of specific design codes, standards, base specific criteria, and Base Fire
Officer requirements that shall affect the equipment specifications, design, and
installation. Equipment selections should not be considered in isolation, but shall be
reviewed in unison with the overall fire strategy for each building and installation.
Communications and Data
Consult with the Communications Squadron at each installation for base specific
requirements and guidelines. Due to the technical nature and rapidly changing
communications and data requirements, refer to the following sources for detailed
guidelines and specifications:
ETL 2-12, Communications and Information System Criteria for Air Force
AFI 33-104, Base-Level Planning and Implementation
Provide junction boxes with rigid conduit to the ceilings, raceways in cabinetry, conduit
in floors or other required infrastructure for telephone and data connections. Telephone
and data outlets may be independent of each other or combined into a single junction
box. If these connections can be combined into a single junction box, the cover plate to
that junction box must allow for multiple connections. In some unique situations, the
cable television (CATV) internal video connection can also be combined into a single
junction box with the appropriate cover plate. Confirm the preference for individual or
combined telephone/data/video outlets with installation specific contacts.
Consider the need for access to public telephones. Provide wall-mounted public
telephones, where required, in a central area, but away from areas where they may
cause disruptions. Provide telephone enclosures, where possible, to reduce the
amount of noise and afford privacy for customers. Incorporate a public address
capability with the phone system to allow paging from all staff phones, where possible.
Provide a public address system at the circulation desk if it cannot be incorporated in
the phone system. Refer to UFC 4-021-01, Design and O&M: Mass Notification
Systems for additional information regarding public address systems.