The Habitability standard practice identifies the recommended approach for conducting Habitability activities in support of system acquisition programs. This standard covers all aspects of the physical environment that people inhabit, for work, or other purpose. It includes adequate space and environmental/temperature controls and, if appropriate, requirements for personnel services (e.g., medical, dental and mess) and living conditions (e.g., berthing and personal hygiene) that have a direct impact on meeting or sustaining system performance/effectiveness or that have such an adverse impact on safety, health, comfort, quality of life and morale that recruitment or retention is degraded. It includes analysis, modeling and simulation, design, and verification of Habitability requirements and processes.
Rationale: There are currently no industry or military/Federal Government best practice standards to guide Habitability activities in support of major system acquisition programs. This standard is intended to fill this gap. Following its release, it is expected that the DoD, and possibly other Federal agencies, will adopt this standard as their preferred method of contracting for Habitability support.