President John A. Brownell
University Energy Conservation Policy
[Supersedes PM 86-03]
California State University Dominguez Hills
Energy Conservation and Building Temperature Control Policy
The Federal Emergency Building temperature restrictions regulations, effective as of July 16, 1979, place restrictions on temperatures for heating, cooling and domestic hot water in commercial, industrial, government and other nonresidential buildings. The regulations generally require the thermostat be set no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling, no higher than 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating and no higher than 115 degrees Fahrenheit for domestic hot water. The regulations also require room temperature set backs during periods when buildings are unoccupied. In response to these regulations and other continuing State and CSU mandates to conserve energy the following guidelines for building temperature control will be followed in all CSUDH buildings:
We realize that implementation of the attached building temperature control policy will change environmental and physical comfort conditions in many, if not all, of the buildings on campus. Physical Plant will respond as quickly as possible to adjust air conditioning and heating systems which are not providing temperatures within the 68 degree Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit restrictions mandated by the Federal Department of Energy Regulations. In most buildings heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems were not designed to accommodate these temperature restrictions. This is further complicated by numerous changes in building space and room usage over the years, making it almost impossible to maintain original design conditions. We hope all members of the campus community will cooperate as together we endeavor to achieve and maintain the goals of the Federal Building Temperatures Regulations.
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Lighting Control Policy
required function, or where the safety of the campus community is compromised.
It should be noted that energy efficient lighting should not detract from the
esthetic value currently provided by lighting throughout the University. In
most instances, it will be possible to provide more energy efficient lighting
that also provides better quality illumination.
Recommendations for Illuminance [sic]
Type of Activity Lighting Levels Footcandles
Classrooms & General Offices 50 +/- 20%
Specialized Labs, Data Processing 75 +/- 20%
Drafting 100 +/- 20%
Work areas infrequently used (e.g., storage) 15 +/- 20%
Public Areas (e.g., hallways, etc.) 5 +/- 20%
Parking 1 +/- 20%
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