Office building temperatures unfair to women, study finds

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A new study highlights how office buildings may be getting too much air conditioning in the summer -- with a disproportionately negative effect on women. (World News Now/Instagram)

Women, do you have to bundle up to stay warm at work even during the hottest summer months? You're not alone.

A new study highlights how office buildings may be getting too much air conditioning, with a disproportionately negative effect on women.

The optimal office temperature was determined in the 1960s based on the average male, which was then determined to be a 154-pound, 40-year-old man. The study, titled "Energy Consumption in Buildings and Female Thermal Demand," was published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Women generally produce about 30 percent less heat than men, both because they tend to be smaller and because men tend to wear heavier clothing, Good Morning America explains.

The trend of blasting the air conditioning has multiple drawbacks. Cold workers are less productive, and overuse of air conditioning harms the environment.

The researchers' conclusion? Turn down the A/C.

"The current metabolic standards should be adjusted by including the actual [metabolic] values for females to reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort predictions," the researchers wrote in the study, according to Yahoo.

Check out the employees and fans of ABC News, including Reena Ninan of World News Now, showing how they bundle up for work.


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