As we welcome the summer season, there is a lot to look forward to. Unfortunately, for facility managers, this is also what is known as thermostat war season. As outdoor temperatures rise, the fundamental HVAC problems that ail most commercial buildings are exposed. Facility managers are busier than ever answering complaints from building occupants that are dissatisfied with their thermal environment. You don’t have to go far to see what is happening. Front and center on the Life section of the Wall Street Journal is featured article “Let the Office Thermostat Wars Begin” detailing the familiar divisive issue that all offices face – what to set the office thermostat to. The article sites a 2009 survey of 452 facility managers by the International Facility Management Association in Houston, where more than 3 in 5 participants use personal fans, heaters, blankets or gloves to keep comfortable indoors.
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