Interior Space Temperature Range (occupied): The space temperature range for air-conditioned spaces is 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In areas where large numbers of people are gathered such as classrooms and auditoriums, the target temperature is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Consideration will be given to work-related requirements and special equipment needs. Temperatures may vary due to building construction and control limitations.
Interior Space Temperature (unoccupied): Wherever feasible, temperatures within unoccupied spaces will be allowed to rise to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures will be reset to 78 degrees Fahrenheit prior to occupancy.
Temperature Setback Policy: Extended Periods and Shutdowns: At night (after 8 p.m.), on weekends, and during scheduled shutdown periods, spaces will not be cooled. Consideration will be given to work-related requirements and special equipment needs. In some of our buildings, cooling one space also requires that a large, unused section of the building be cooled. Therefore, individuals wishing to work during these times may asked to relocate to an already cooled building. The library, as an example, may be available to provide this service.
Participation in The Emergency Reduced Electrical Demand Status
The purpose of the plan is to prevent blackout conditions that may put excessive strain on electrical equipment, computers, and appliances, in some cases causing damage.
This type of situation generally occurs in the summer. If an emergency condition should arise the college may be asked to reduce its overall electrical demand.
If such a case should occur, notification will be sent to the affected areas as soon as the college receives the request from the electric company. Special consideration will be given to the Children’s Center, Health Services, Summer Programs, and areas with highly sensitive equipment. Advance warning will be given whenever possible.
Assisting Our Sustainable Energy Efforts
Heat and Cooling
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