Thermal comfort policies
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.
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.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
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.
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government
Funding Sources:Private investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Save on utilities