When the majority of our Corporate Campus-based Employees began working remotely as a result of COVID-19 precautions, our Corporate Facilities Team made immediate changes to the building operations. This included turning off air conditioning equipment, vending machines, freezers/refrigerators, and interior lights in unoccupied areas. This Team also balanced the proper amount of air conditioning equipment operating and the number of People and Teams who still reported to campus.
We ventilate every area of the building daily, even the unoccupied areas. At night, we stagger the start time for air conditioning equipment in the areas that are unoccupied during the day. By ventilating these areas for a few hours each night, we maintain a healthy building. This does use energy but we chose to do this at night when the heat loads in the building are lower. By staggering the start times throughout the night, we minimize our total energy footprint.
Along with the energy savings measure that this Team implemented, we also had to address COVID-19. From the beginning we followed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines to ventilate the buildings as much as possible. This meant eliminating the Demand Controlled Ventilation strategy, which is an energy savings strategy that allows for the proper amount of outside air ventilation for any given indoor environment condition. We opened up the outside air intake as much as possible on all of our equipment. This new ventilation strategy was implemented for the health of all Employees working on campus.