The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Facilities Manual is comprised of four distinct, yet complementary, resources for planning and managing EPA facilities. These four volumes are meant to be used simultaneously to determine design intent, requirements and the ongoing evaluation of all EPA facilities.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
EPA Facilities Manual Volume 1 –– Space Acquisition and Planning Guidelines (PDF)(58 pp, 2 MB,
EPA Facilities Manual, Volume 1, "Space Acquisition and Planning Guidelines" contains information on EPA’s requirements and recommendations for space planning, including space estimation, programming, furniture and equipment.
EPA Facilities Manual Volume 2 –– Architecture and Engineering Guidelines (PDF)(147 pp, 1 MB,
Updated December 8, 2020)
EPA Facilities Manual, Volume 2, "Architecture and Engineering Guidelines" provides requirements and guidance for facilities planning, architecture, engineering, and management professionals in the design, construction, renovation, and alteration of EPA facilities.
EPA Facilities Manual Volume 3 –– Safety and Health Requirements (PDF)(77 pp, 841 K,
EPA Facilities Manual, Volume 3, "Safety, Health, and Environmental Manual: Safety and Health Requirements" contains safety and health considerations for EPA owned and leased buildings to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.
EPA Facilities Manual Volume 4 –– Environmental Management Guidelines (PDF)(116 pp, 1 MB,
EPA Facilities Manual, Volume 4, "Safety, Health, and Environmental Manual: Environmental Management Guidelines" contains environmental standards and specifications required to prevent pollution at buildings owned, leased or occupied by EPA.
EPA Building Commissioning Guidelines (PDF)(33 pp, 551 K,
EPA "Building Commissioning Guidelines" contains roles, responsibilities and requirements for the commissioning of new and retro-commissioning of existing EPA buildings.