Building Temperature Policy
Owner: Facilities Services
Pertains to: All students, faculty, and staff
Description: Facilities Services has adopted the following building temperature policies in order to optimize resource efficiency and maintain employee and student comfort.
The Building Temperature Policy is subdivided into 3 categories: heating season, cooling season, and shoulder season.
To report temperature problems, please call the Facilities Service Desk at 2225 from any campus phone.
The heating season is generally from mid‐September to mid‐April (depending upon prevailing weather conditions). During normally occupied hours, heat will be provided to maintain indoor temperatures as close to 68⁰F as practical (usually ±2⁰F).
During off hours, temperatures may be allowed to drop as low as 55⁰F. This is consistent with ASHRAE standards (Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy) to be comfortable for most people who are dressed appropriately for the season.
Exceptions: Spaces which require higher temperatures, such as: Animal Rooms, Laboratories, or other spaces with specific temperature needs. All exceptions must be approved by the Associate VP for Facilities.
Space heater use should be avoided due to energy and safety implications. Space heaters may be used only if specifically approved by the Associate VP for Facilities. Approval ensures that causes of discomfort have been thoroughly investigated and that space heaters, where needed, meet minimum safety standards.
Windows should not be used to regulate winter building temperatures. If you are having trouble regulating temperatures using the controls in your space, please call Lisa in Facilities at 651-523-2701 for assistance.
The cooling season is generally from mid‐April to mid‐October (depending upon prevailing weather conditions). During normally occupied hours, cooling is provided to maintain indoor temperatures as close to 78⁰F as practical (usually ±2⁰F).
During off hours, temperatures may be allowed to either rise above this temperature, or in the case of the hottest periods, drop below this level in order to lower our cooling demand during peak use periods. The target temperature is a balance based on ASHRAE standards (Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy) to be comfortable for most people who are dressed appropriately for the season and the desire to be as energy wise and resource efficient as possible.
If your office has a window air conditioner, please shut off nightly and prior to leaving on vacation.
Exceptions: anticipated. Exceptions will also be made for technology closets and other equipment requiring cooling.
In the spring and fall, outdoor temperatures can change rapidly from hot to cold even within the confines of a single day. At the Facilities Department we refer to this as the ‘shoulder season’ and it represents a very challenging time of year in terms of maintaining comfortable interior spaces temperature. The mechanical system in most of our campus facilities are not able to react to rapid changes from heating to cooling (and vice versa). Therefore we use the outside air temperature and rely on the forecast for predicting whether we are cooling or heating or in some cases both on any given day.
Normally occupied hours
Normally occupied hours are generally 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.