It's Not You, Office Temperatures Really Are 'Sexist', Say Both Women & Scientists

The standard office temperature is based on the assumption that every employee is a 40-year-old man who weighs 70 kgs

Do you shiver every time you enter your office? Do you have to wear layers of shawls and jackets just to survive at work? The argument of whether your office climate actually compares to that of the tundra has been going on all over the world but the debate has snowballed in the United States after Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon’s team suggested that room temperatures were “notoriously sexist” in being geared towards the comfort level of most men.

The team’s statements are corroborated by a 2015 study, which states that office buildings can be intrinsically non-energy-efficient in providing comfort to females as the average metabolic rate of men may overestimate the metabolic rate of women by as much as 35%. Temperatures are set based on formulas that aim to optimize employees’ thermal comfort, but the problem is every employee has a different metabolic rate based on factors like size, weight, age, fitness level and the type of work. 

However, the standard office temperature is based on the assumption that every employee is a man — to be precise, a 40-year-old man who weighs 70 kgs.

The study also states that the productivity of employees decreases when the office temperature is lowered.

Many tweeted in favour of what Cynthia Nixon’s team pointed out:   

Though others think that’s not the case, saying that even men feel that office temperatures resemble those of the Arctic:

The energy consumption of office and residential buildings adds up to 30% of carbon dioxide emissions and human factors contribute to 4/5th of such emissions.