With reduced occupancy on the UBC Vancouver campus, building operators and energy managers are adjusting heating or cooling levels in spaces that have reduced or zero occupancy. This is an opportunity to ensure critical energy savings while maintaining a safe and healthy indoor environment.
As many buildings on campus have reduced occupancy, we want to remind everyone that running the cold water taps until the water is cold is an important step before drinking or using for food preparation. This will ensure the water is kept fresh for use and stagnant water is flushed from the building’s pipe network system.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the majority of faculty and staff are working from home right now. However, teams like Facilities Management at UBC Okanagan and Building Operations' Custodial Services at UBC Vancouver continue to carry out most of their day-to-day work on campus.
The university's year end process is currently ongoing, although this cycle has experienced several disruptions. To give UBC's financial community as much time as possible to process year end, the schedule has been extended by a few days.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the province has listed construction as an essential service in B.C. Worksites are taking all necessary precautions as advised by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Provincial Health Officials.