Project 5253 Update - Thermostat Upgrade - Building 1 Administration - June, 2016

An energy conservation project began summer 2015 to replace the thermostats in Building 1 Administration. This project is funded through PG&E and is completed as part of Cal Poly's ongoing commitment toward sustainable practices and responsible stewardship of our natural resources, and to comply with CSU policy.

At this time the project is nearing completion. Facilities personnel are working with the contractors to balance and fine tune the system to ensure the new thermostats and the building HVAC system is performing as designed. The comfort of building occupants is one of our highest priorities.

In order to accurately and efficiently trouble-shoot the new system it will be necessary for occupants to refrain from attempting to make changes to the thermostats. Please contact the Facilities Help Center immediately at 805-756-5555 if you are experiencing temperatures that are too warm or too cold. We will immediately investigate and correct any problems as quickly as possible. If temperatures are indicated to be between 68 and 78 degrees the system is likely working correctly. Partnership and frequent communication with building occupants will help us to optimize the system more quickly and appropriately manage occupant comfort in the long term.

The purpose of the new thermostats is to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cal Poly has already reduced its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels as per State and CSU policy. We are now working toward the CSU policy goal to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2040. New thermostats such as the ones in Building 1 Administration are critical to achieving this goal.

CSU Executive Order 987 prohibits the use of purchased utilities to heat spaces above 68 degrees, or cool below 78 degrees except under specific circumstances such as a specialized need for equipment or scientific experimentation. In order to keep building temperatures within the CSU policy requirement while accounting for variations in temperature throughout the building, the new thermostats have been programmed with a heating setpoint of 70 degrees and a cooling setpoint of 76 degrees.

Since the personal comfort of building occupants is one of our highest priorities, we strongly encourage those whose HVAC is not operating or operating outside the normal temperature range (68-78) to contact us immediately for assistance. We want to hear from you.

Your assistance with meeting the comfort needs of occupants as well as Cal Poly's energy and sustainability goals is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


Facilities Help Center

Jessica Hunter
Customer Service Specialist

Additional Information Regarding Portable Space Heaters

CSU Executive Order 987 prohibits the use of portable electric heaters unless required due to a documented medical condition or when the heating system has failed or cannot maintain the CSU temperature standard of at least 68 degrees. When building heat is inoperable an approved low amperage space heater may be requested from the Facilities Help Center at 805-756-5555. Use of unauthorized space heaters is a concern for many reasons including:

  • Portable electric heaters are approximately five times more expensive as a source of heat than the natural gas fired campus central plant.
  • Portable electric heaters generate more than double the net greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Electric heaters can easily overload, stress and potentially damage building electrical circuits and result in power outages due to tripped breakers. This can lead to lost work time and may potentially damage computing equipment.
  • Unapproved heating devices may not be safe or may be unknowingly utilized in an unsafe manner resulting in undue risk to the occupants.
  • Space heaters will interfere with system temperature sensors and prevent appropriate response from the building's heating system. Use of a space heater may cause the system to shut off or reduce heating causing further discomfort for building occupants.

Please be aware that in the event campus electricians respond to a breaker trip and find it was caused by an unauthorized electric heater or other appliance, the device may need to be tagged or removed for safety reasons. The safety of students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.