Summary: Maximum allowable indoor temperatures for buildings can increase awareness and encourage property managers to adjust cooling standards to avoid excessive cooling, reduce energy loads, and as a result reduce the associated waste heat.
Implementation: Establish maximum allowable indoor temperatures for buildings.
Considerations for Use: This policy could build on or add to existing minimum indoor temperature, energy, or other efficiency standards for interior conditions.
- Policy Levers:
MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
- Trigger Points:
Introducing new or updated zoning/codesIncludes codes, zoning requirements or by-laws pertaining to urban planning and building construction activity.No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
- Intervention Type:
- Target Beneficiaries:
Property owners, Residents
- Phase of Impact:
Risk reduction and mitigation
- Czech Republic Maximum Summer Indoor Temperature Limits (UDF, Pg 27)
- Cincinnati, OH Thermal Comfort Policies (ULI, Pg 54)
- One NYC Maximum Allowable Indoor Temperature (ULI, Pg 48)
- Intervention Scale:
- Authority and Governance:
- Implementation Timeline:
Short-term (1-2 Years)
- Implementation Stakeholders:
- Funding Sources:
- Capacity to Act:
- Public Good:
- GHG Reduction:
- Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
- Co-benefits (Social):
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