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upon authorization by the DOD component authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for
new mission critical or unique facilities, where the user mandates requirements
and objectives that are not addressed by established prescriptive requirements of
national codes or this UFC. Performance-based fire safety design methods must
not be used to eliminate required exiting requirements of NFPA 101, nor must it
be used to eliminate automatic sprinkler systems required by DOD criteria.
Application and Use of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design
If performance-based fire safety design is used or permitted by the DOD
component AHJ, Appendix D describes the provisions and applicable
requirements associated with the fire safety design of DOD facilities. Appendix D
is in accordance with the performance-based option of NFPA 101, Life Safety
Code, and the performance-based fire safety design approach of the Society of
Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Introduction to Performance-Base Fire Safety.
A fire protection engineer that meets the requirements of paragraph 1-6 below
must perform the performance-based fire safety design.
Conflicts in Criteria.
If a conflict exists between this UFC and any other DOD document, referenced
code, standard, or publication, this UFC must take precedence. The individual
DOD components may issue specific technical guidance that expands the
requirements of this UFC. The Army and Air Force issue engineering technical
letters (ETLs); the Navy issues interim technical guidance (ITG); and the DLA
issues technical policies. For Army, see
Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
The term "AHJ" as used in the codes and standards referenced in this UFC must
mean the component office of responsibility, i.e., U.S. Army, HQ USACE/CECW-
CE; U.S. Navy, NAVFACENGCOM HQ Code CHE; U.S. Marine Corps, HQMC
Code LFF-1; U.S. Air Force, HQ AFCESA/CES; Defense Logistics Agency
(DLA), DES-SE; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Security and
Installations; and all other DOD components, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
for Installations via the DOD Committee on Fire Protection Engineering.
Equivalencies to established criteria may be approved by the AHJ, if the alternate
fire protection engineering design provides an equivalent level of fire protection
and life safety. Requests for approval must include written justification, hazard
analysis, cost comparisons, criteria used, and other pertinent data. Lack of funds
is not considered sufficient justification for deviation from established criteria.