August 12, 2016
Location of Impact
Impact of Idea
Quality Enhancements

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Save energy in summer

  • Suggest increasing the temperature across campus by at least 2 degrees during the summer, which would help to lower energy costs for McMaster overall
  • With fewer people here, there are less bodies to raise the local temperature
  • According to OSHA "In... an industrial establishment, such as a factory, store, shop or office, the regulations set a minimum temperature of 18 °C... subject to some exemptions" Canadian Health and Safety Regulations for min/max officetemperatures were developed in the 1980s, and passed in 1990
  • 18-22 degrees is too cold for most people during the summer months
  • Current standards CSA Standard CAN/CSA Z412-00 (R2011) - "Office Ergonomics" suggests a much higher temperature for best productivity
  • In summer : 24.5 - 28 degrees C at 30% humidity - more details at 
  • Responded on July 10, 2017
  • Facility Services have a process in place to optimize energy savings in the summer that also takes into account the realities of our current building configurations.

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