Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Researchers have finally explained why women often freeze at work whereas their male counterparts don't.
In a new report published Monday in the journal Nature, scientists found that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men.
Since women typically produce less body heat than men, they're more likely to feel chilled in the workplace, says the study.
The study points out that buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” because setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming.
“In a lot of buildings, you see energy consumption is a lot higher because the standard is calibrated for men's body heat production,” said Boris Kingma, a co-author of the study and a biophysicist at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.
The study also concludes that clothing is another important factor to consider as men wear suits and ties even in summer, however, women tend to dress sometimes with cleavage.
“The cleavage is closer to the core of the body, so the temperature difference between the air temperature and the body temperature there is higher when it's cold,” Dr van Hoof, a Dutch building physicist at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands was quoted as saying.
Overall, the model is based on factors like air temperature, air speed, relative humidity, clothing, and metabolism.
Of course, the study offers some solution like– change the temperature setting formula - but larger studies are required to confirm the findings.