Functional Life of Facility and Supporting Systems
Assess the functional life of a facility and its supporting systems to optimize the infrastructure investment.
Identify how long the designed function is likely to occupy the current facility.
Identify how long the envelope, structure, HVAC, plumbing, communications, electrical, and other systems
are likely to last before requiring replacement or upgrade. Consider economic, functional and physical
Assess the typical or likely lifespan of the function(s) to be accommodated to forecast eventual adaptation to a
different use(s). Assess the life spans of the various building systems/components to forecast their
revision/replacement during the facility lifespan and design in a manner that facilitates revision/replacement.
Consider the life span of the weapon systems, doctrines, or other programs supported by the facility.
Use life cycle data and other sources to identify the life span of the embodied systems.
Adaptation, Renewal and Future Uses
Encourage facility design that is responsive to change over time to maximize accommodation of future uses
without creating waste and insuring maximum useful life of products.
Identify possible future uses for the facility; consider alternatives that expand the list of possible future uses.
AND Design the building to accommodate as wide a range of future uses, as practical. AND Design the
installation of building systems to accommodate foreseeable change with a minimum amount of disruption,
cost, and additional materials.
Build the smallest facility necessary to meet current mission functional requirements, using the most efficient
shape and form, while taking into consideration expansion capabilities and potential future mission
requirements. AND Design the facility for recycling of materials and systems.
Create durable, long-lasting and adaptable facility shell and structural system. Create an adaptable, flexible
facility design using open planning, service corridors, interstitial space, access floors, demountable
walls/partitions, modular furniture and other adaptable space configuration/utilization strategies.
Select materials that are recyclable, avoiding composite materials, such as reinforced plastics and carpet fibers
and backing. Consider selecting materials and labeling construction materials with identification information to
facilitate recycling. Use pre-cut/pre-fabricated materials and use standard lengths and sizes (dimensional
modularity) in design. Design facility systems and subsystems for reconfiguration and/or disassembly/recycling
using reversible/reusable connectors.
Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) v.1.4.1