Holiday Energy Saving Initiative

Since 2005, NC State’s Holiday Energy Savings Initiative (HESI) has safely lowered building temperatures and utility costs in unoccupied campus buildings during the winter holiday period when the university is closed for about 10 consecutive days. 

The extended break between the fall 2020 semester and the spring 2021 semester allows for an expanded holiday energy savings program. Download the 2020-2021 HESI Calendar

  •  Temperatures in classrooms and teaching labs will be lowered Nov. 25 – Jan. 18.
  •  Temperatures in all university buildings not exempt from the program will be lowered Nov. 26 – Jan. 3.
  • Additionally, parking deck lighting will be set back Dec. 24 – Jan. 3.

An exemption process is available for specific buildings. The deadline to request an exemption was Nov. 18. Final decisions for exemptions are made by the Facilities Holiday Energy Savings Initiative Committee and are available below.

Exempt Buildings

Use the following table to determine whether your building is exempt from this energy-saving program.

Room / Area
Dates / Times of Exemption
Research LaboratoriesAll research laboratories and support spacesThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Animal FacilitiesAll animal facilitiesThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Tenant spaces managed by University Office of Real EstateAll tenant spacesThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Athletics FacilitiesAll athletic facilitiesThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Centennial Biomedical Campus (College of Veterinary Medicine)Entire CBC CampusThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Lonnie Poole ClubhouseEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Price Music CenterEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Partners I, II and IIIEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
PhytotronEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Gregg Museum and Gregg Museum StorageEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
RiddickEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
DabneyEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Pulp and Paper LabsEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Robertson WingEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
HodgesEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
GrinnelsEntire BuildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Toxicology West (lab spaces)Entire west wingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Broughton Diesel WingEntire diesel wingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Burlington BasementEntire basementThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
D S Weaver LabsThe whole buildingThrough the whole holidaysExempted by request
POULTON3rd FLOORExclude the entire date-range pleaseExempted by request
Phytotron #070All roomsAll dates and hoursExempted by request
Research Annex West A and Research Annex West BAllNov 25 2020 - Jan 18 2021 24 h/dayExempted by request
Partners 13500, 360011/25/2020 - 01/18/2021Exempted by request
Williams Hall Annex4405/4409 Williams HallNov 30 - December 23Exempted by request
Old Williams Hall4203BNov 25 - Jan 3Exempted by request
EB23045all the timeExempted by request
Partners III175AAll holidaysExempted by request
Toxicology Building0202, 0219, 022224/7/365Exempted by request
Thomas Hall3546, 3501C24/7/365Exempted by request
David Clark Labs143, 157, 185, 256, 38724/7/365Exempted by request
Engineering Building II (EB2)3051From Nov 26th through Jan 3rd, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm per dayExempted by request
Partners IIIRms 360 and 36211/25/2020-12/23/2020. 7:00 AM-7:00 PMExempted by request
Engineering Building 22031Until Dec. 24 8am - 7pmExempted by request
West Dunn10111/30-12/23 8-5 M-FExempted by request
Student Health CenterThe entire building11/25/20, 11/30/20-12/23/20, 1/4/21-1/18/21Exempted by request
Fitts-Woolard HallSuite 4220M-F, 8:00-5:00
11/30 - 12/23
Exempted by request
Page Hallmiddle and top floorsM-F, 8:00-5:00
11/30 - 12/23
Exempted by request
Varsity Research Bldg VRB #250AModule 1Please apply Level 3 SetbackExempted by request
Jordan Hall51359-5, 11/25-12/23Exempted by request
Mann208, 208 B8 am-5 pm 11/30/2020-12/23/2020 and 1/4/2021-1/18/2021Exempted by request
Friday InstituteDownstairs12/5-6/2020 and 12/12-13/2020. 8am - 5pmExempted by request
ButlerEntire Butler Builidng11/25/20-01/18/21 7:30 am - 5:00pm (Do not require exception during winter holiday 12/24/20-01/03/21)Exempted by request
512 Brickhaven
Entire Building11/25/2020 thru 12/23/2020Exempted by request
Engineering Building ILabs 2062, 2067
Office 2038
Labs: exempt 24/7
Office: 8:30 am to 6 pm, 11/25 through 12/23
Exempted by request
792B Friday Institute108Week days 11/30 - 12/23Exempted by request
Friday InstituteDownstairs11/30, 12/1, 12/4, 12/8-10. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Exempted by request
EB1The entire Suite 2001, which includes multiple CBE staff offices and some faculty offices.During the entire HESI duration, with the exception of Dec. 24th to Jan. 3rd. The hours needed are 8 AM to 5:30 PM.Exempted by request
EB12008During the entire HESI duration, with the exception of Dec. 24th to Jan. 3rd. The hours needed are 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM.Exempted by request
Leazar Hall2nd floor11/25 thru 12/23 and 1/4 thru 1/18Exempted by request
Brooks Hallentire building9:00am to 5:00 pm 11/25 thru 12/23 and 1/4 thru 1/18 Weekdays... So... level 3 set backs only during winter break.Exempted by request
Harris Hallwhole building11/26-12/23 and 1/4-18, Mon-Fri 07:30-17:30Exempted by request
Schaub FBNS129, 106, 112, 113 (113 is research space), 330M-F 8 am-5pm: November 30 thru December 23 AND January 4 thru January 18.Exempted by request
Broughton Hall1331Jan 6-15th, 8am-5pmExempted by request
Broughton Hall1331Jan 6-15th, 8am-5pmExempted by request
Jordan Hall3118 and 31367:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through FridayExempted by request
Ricks Hall and Ricks Hall AnnexRicks Hall Ground and 1st Floor and Ricks Annex 2nd FloorNovember 30 - December 23 and January 4 -18Exempted by request
Park ShopsSuites 120, 204, 211, 300, Rm 130, & Rm 132 A,B &C,Nov 30 through Dec 23, 8a - 5pExempted by request
Williams Hall3114, 3309, 3315, 3319, 3320, 3324, 3325All non-University holidays for 8:00am to 7:00pmExempted by request
Withers HallWithers HallJan 11th to 15th;8:00am to 5:00pmExempted by request
Wolf Ridge Plaza HallRooms 202-202J/Campus Smiles11/25/20: 7:45am-4:30pm, 11/30/20-12/23/20: 7:45am-4:30pm, 1/4/21-1/14/21: 7:45am-4:30pmExempted by request
EB3 Centennial CampusFloors 1-38 AM - 5 PMExempted by request
Holladay HallChancellor's OfficeAll regular dates and hours not categorized as holiday days.Exempted by request
Poe HallSuite 61211/24/2020- 12/23/2020 AND 1/4/2021-1/18/2021Exempted by request
CadlwellTop floorJan 11 - 15Exempted by request
EB34102, 4102CNov. 30 - Dec. 23Exempted by request
Administrative Services IISecond Floor11/26/2020 - 12/23/2020 7:30am - 5:00pmExempted by request
Joyner Visitor CenterOnboarding Office11/26/2020 - 12/23/2020 7:30am - 5:00pmExempted by request
WinslowWhole Building8-5, M-F, 11/30/20 through 12/23/20Exempted by request
Tompkins HallSecond FloorJanuary 13th-January 15thExempted by request
EB34130 suite including 4131,4132,4134,4136,4138,4140,4144134, 4132,Nov 30 - Dec 23, regular business hours (8 am - 5 pm)Exempted by request
Holmes Hall2nd Floor11/26 - 12/18Exempted by request
McKimmon Center and AdditionEntire buildingSee belowExempted by request
Textiles Complex (TEX)3270Nov. 25,30, Dec. 2,4,7,9,14,16,18,21,23, Jan 4,6,8,11,13,15 : 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.Exempted by request
Patterson HallAll of Patterson Hall11/25 - 12/23 - 7am to 6pm - M-FExempted by request
Mann Hall202/202A8:00am-5:00pm Nov. 30-Dec 23Exempted by request
Sullivan Shops III 620 Motor Pool StreetAll of Sullivan Shops III11/30 - 12/23 5:30 am - 3:00pmExempted by request
111 Lampe Dr/Formerly Daniels Hall346 & 348Until Dec 24th and Starting back January 4thExempted by request
BiltmoreSuite 2028Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 5:00
(Dates 11/30 - 12/23)
Exempted by request
Administrative Services IIController's OfficeNov 30 - Dec 23 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (Only) 7 AM - 5 PMExempted by request
Western Boulevard Business ServicesPayrollNov 30 - Dec 23 Monday - Friday 7 AM - 5 PMExempted by request
Holladay HallAll11/23 thru 12/23 - 7am to 7pmExempted by request
Jordan Addition321511/26/20-12/23/20 10 am - 10 pmExempted by request
Jordan Addition42317:00 am until 11:00 am on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11/26/20 to 12/23/20Exempted by request
Jordan Addition522910:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday until 12/23/20Exempted by request
Jordan Addition32299:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday until 12/23/20Exempted by request
David Clark Labs (075)38311/30 - 12/23 Regular Business HoursExempted by request
David Clark Labs (075)38811/30 through 12-23 regular business hoursExempted by request
11/30 through 12/23
Exempted by request
EB23220, 3202 Suite, 3090-31149am-5pmExempted by request
David Clark Labs (075)G21 & G23Nov. 28 through Dec 23 (normal business hours)Exempted by request
Talley Student Unionbuilding wide11/25 to 12/23Exempted by request
Toxicology BuildingThe entire 1104 Admin Office suite (room 1104A - 1104M)Weekdays (M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM) from Monday (11/30) through Wednesday (12/23)Exempted by request
MRC225/125November 26 - December 23Exempted by request
Admin 1 BuildingAll rooms for Procurement Department.Nov 25-Dec 23, M-F, 7:30 am - 5:00 pmExempted by request
Avent Ferry Technology Centerall offices adjoining room 218, room 229 and entire basement area7:00am-5:00pm November 30-December 23 and January 4-16Exempted by request
Hillsborough buildingEntire building7:00am-5:00pm November 30-December 23 and January 4-16Exempted by request
Poe Hall204, 208, 205, 225, 400, 505, 640, 612Please do not adjust temp until 12/18/20 and return temp on 1/6/21Exempted by request
Poe Hall412 - EdITLeave Temp until 12/23/20 return Temp on 1/4/21Exempted by request
EB-22004-BWeekdays between 9:00AM - 6:00PM up until 12/23Exempted by request
Wilson College of Textiles3235 & 3234Nov.25 - Dec.23 and Jan.4 - Jan.18; 8am - 6pmExempted by request
Poe HallPoe 21811/19/20 - 12/17/20Exempted by request
McSwain Ctr, #446all roomsbusiness hours through 12/23/2020Exempted by request
Arboretum Staff Bldg, #446Aall roomsbusiness hours through 12/23/2020Exempted by request
Textiles (College of Textiles)3104, 3105, and 3116Nov 27th - Dec 23 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)Exempted by request
1911 BuildingAll 3 FloorsNovember 25, November 30 - December 17 (from 8am - 5pm)Exempted by request
Burlington LabsB118, 2130. 3125, B104. B105, B106, B107, B108, B109, B113, B114Continuous through the holidaysExempted by request
Thompson Hall1st/2nd Floor (AHU 3 and 5)All HESIExempted by request
Yarbrough Plant, Cates PlantY-3rd Floor, 2nd floor shop areas, 1st floor shop areas
Cates: shop and control room areas
Y- M-F: 6:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cates: 24/7
Exempted by request
Sullivan Shops IIMail Services CenterUntil the winter break and then also December 30-31 30Exempted by request
RB-II216-EDecember 24 to January 3Exempted by request
512 Brickhaven
Entire buildingBeginning 11.25.2020 through 01.18.2021Exempted by request
Joyner Visitor Center2nd floorM - F || 8a-5pm || 11/25/2020 - 12/23/2020 and 12/31/2020 - 1/18/2021Exempted by request
Quad Commons1st FloorNov. 30th, Dec. 7th, Dec. 14th, Dec. 21st, Dec. 28th from 9am-6pm, Dec. 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 23, 29th, 30th from 10am-6pm Dec. 24th and 31st from 9am-2pmExempted by request
EHS Center134/138 (front of building), 117, 107, 110, 114, 112, waste warehouse8am - 5 pm
11/25 - 12/23
Exempted by request
Public Safety CenterEntire Building24hrsExempted by request
Wellness and Recreation Center, Carmichael Gym, Aquatic CenterWellness and Recreation Center and Carmichael Gym through Dec. 23, Aquatic Center no setbacks, Locker Rooms no setbacks, Courts 9-11 and gymnastics area no setbacksSee by request
Bostian4706 Suite (Rooms A, B, and D)Jan 4th to Jan 18thExempted by request
David Clark Labs1018:00 AM until 5:00 PM on December 8, 9, 10Exempted by request
Wilson College of Textiles1414, 1413, & 1416Nov. 25, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021Exempted by request
BTECEntire building11/25 - 12/23; M-F onlyExempted by request
Wilson College of Textiles3102 Office and 3102B LabNovember 24, 2020 - Jan 3, 2020 all day (24 hours)Exempted by request
Textiles3141, 3217, 3219, 3241Nov. 30 through Jan. 3Exempted by request
Occupied residence halls
(Tri-Towers, Wolf Village, Wolf Ridge, Avent Ferry)
Entire buildingThroughout the HESIAutomatically Exempt
Peele HallSuite 300November 25th through January 3rdExempted by request
Thomas Hall1518, 1527, 3518, 3538, 3540, 454124/7/365Exempted by request
Wilson College of Textiles2124The Entire Winter BreakExempted by request
Withers332-B24/7/365Exempted by request
David Clark Labs28624/7/365Exempted by request
Research 1215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 22110am-5pm
Nov 30 - Dec 23
Exempted by request
Nelson HallWhole buildingNov 30 - Dec 23Exempted by request
Weaver AdministrationWhole building11/30 - 12/23
Normal hours
Exempted by request
EB-IIRoom 224211/30 - 12/23
Normal hours
Exempted by request

Program Results

To date, the program has saved the taxpayers of North Carolina more than $4 million. Read more about the program’s success in 2019-2020.

Ways To Save

Here are steps you can take to help maximize energy savings over winter holiday.

  1. Save and secure. Shut exterior windows and doors to boost security and energy efficiency.
  2. Hit the switch. Turn off overhead and task lighting before leaving your office, residence hall or lab.
  3. Pull the plug. Turn off nonessential electronics such as coffee makers, toasters, radios, fans, printers, scanners and other small appliances. Consider also powering down your computer and unplugging desk-side devices or chargers.
  4. Clear the fridge. If you don’t want to return to a smelly break room refrigerator in January, consider cleaning before you leave for winter holiday. Empty refrigerators can be defrosted and left unplugged for energy savings (be sure to leave the door open).
  5. Shut the sash. Lab users should close all fume hood sashes and power down non-essential lab equipment. Because labs use more energy than any other type of campus building, small efforts here can make a big difference in energy costs.