Facilities

Heating Energy Conservation Policy

Submitted by JoAnn M. Lawrence

Heating season is from October 15 to April 15 (depending on prevailing weather trends).

Standard:

During occupied hours the temperature shall be set at 68 F (actual temp +/- 2 degrees F) for academic and administrative buildings. During unoccupied hours the temperature shall be set back to 60 F in academic and administrative buildings while dormitories will be set back to 64 F.

General Guidelines

Applicable to campus buildings (offices, classrooms, dormitories, public spaces, etc.) unless special exception granted per process outlined below.

Policy Rationale

With energy costs rapidly escalating it is imperative that the College conserve energy by adapting uniform temperature standards for its facilities. The above stated standard is consistent with code guidelines for heating and consistent with the standards set at peer institutions throughout the region.
Energy conservation does more than reduce the College's financial exposure. It reduces environmental and social costs as well. Energy conservation mitigates the numerous adverse environmental and social impacts associated with energy production and consumption. These include air pollution, acid rain and global warming, oil spills and water pollution, loss of wilderness areas, construction of new power plants, and foreign energy dependence.

Policy

Academic Buildings
  • Occupied heating hours shall be considered as 7am to 6pm.
  • Unoccupied hours shall be considered as 6pm to 7am unless arrangements are made with Physical Plant.
Administrative Buildings
  • Occupied heating hours shall be considered as 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Unoccupied hours shall be considered as 6pm to 7am unless arrangements are made with Physical Plant.
  • Special events outside the normal occupancy hours must be scheduled through Public Affairs in advance according to their scheduling practice
Dormitories
  • Occupied hours shall be considered as 8am to midnight.

Exceptions to General Guidelines

Applicable to spaces requiring higher temperatures such as: Animal Rooms, Laboratories, Art Gallery, and Archives. Temperature conditions will be maintained as required by each space, within the design limits of the HVAC equipment. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Facilities.
If an individual’s medical condition warrants a higher temperature, the Physical Plant shall adjust the temperature setpoint. Such adjustment will be made if required by a doctor’s note.

Use of Space Heaters

In cases where the archaic nature of the heating systems cannot maintain the standard temperature, space heaters may be used if approved by Physical Plant. Physical Plant retains authority to define the type and model of supplemental heating devices that may be used. Unapproved and/or non-conforming space heaters will be confiscated.