Annual temperature setback program begins Dec. 20

winter A message from Facilities & Campus Services

In an effort to conserve energy over the winter holiday period, Wake Forest Facilities & Campus Services will be implementing the annual temperature setback program for academic and administrative buildings starting Friday, Dec. 20 and ending Monday, Dec. 30. The setback program will maintain building temperatures at no less than 55°F during the holiday period.

A similar program is being conducted in the unoccupied areas of residence halls.

The temperature setback generates significant savings through reduced energy consumption. Over the last 10 years, the program reduced energy costs by $460,000.

Staff or faculty who intend to visit or work on campus during the holiday period are advised to wear appropriate clothing and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to work.

Beginning at 2 a.m. on Dec. 30, the heating systems will gradually return the buildings to comfortable conditions. Buildings should be at 70°F by the time employees arrive at work. Facilities technicians will arrive early on that date to ensure building heating systems have reactivated as scheduled.

Departments that would like to request an exemption or have received exemptions in the past, please contact Doug Ecklund at as soon as possible.