ACs in Offices Blamed For Gender Bias Because They Make Only Women Shiver

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Updated on 1 Sep, 2017 at 7:27 pm

If you are female, you would totally understand this. While your male colleagues in office are enjoying the air-conditioning, you (a female) shiver. There is a reason behind that. According to a study, office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men, reports New York Times.

Scientists (two men, for the record) are urging an end to the Great Arctic Office Conspiracy. Boris Kingma, a co-author of the study and a biophysicist at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said:

“In a lot of buildings, you see energy consumption is a lot higher because the standard is calibrated for men’s body heat production. If you have a more accurate view of the thermal demand of the people inside, then you can design the building so that you are wasting a lot less energy, and that means the carbon dioxide emission is less.”


The study further stated that most building thermostats follow a “thermal comfort model that was developed in the 1960s. “Now, women constitute half of the work force and usually have slower metabolic rates than men, mostly because they are smaller and have more body fat, which has lower metabolic rates than muscle.


The current model “may overestimate resting heat production of women by up to 35 per cent.” According to a building physicist, if women have lower need for cooling it actually means you can save energy.


Let us now have female air-conditioners. What say?