Feel like this when you walk into work in the morning? If you're a lady, you're not alone. New research published in the journal Nature this week suggests there's a scientific reason women are always shivering in the workplace. "Give me the phone, give me the phone. Tell him Dwight Schrute wants to talk to him," Dwight Schrute says on "The Office." It turns out most office buildings set the thermostat based on a decades-old formula that caters to men's resting metabolic rate. It's called the "thermal comfort model," and it works like this: Air speed, air temperature, clothing insulation and other factors are calculated on a seven-point scale and then compared against the group of people who may be dissatisfied by the temperature. Sounds complicated enough to be foolproof, right? Not so much. The resting metabolic rate to which the comfortable temperature is measured belongs to a 40-year-old man weighing 154 pounds. Not only do women naturally produce less heat than men, skimpier summer work clothes also contribute to chilliness. (Video via J.Crew ) But it's not like women are going to suddenly ditch their sundresses or skip out on skirts, so what's a girl to do? Well, the study suggests changing the decades-old model. The benefits could even be twofold: warmer women and more energy-efficient buildings. This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Broke for Free / CC BY NC 3.0 .
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You may have noticed this phenomenon at your office – women bundled up in Snuggies, slippers and jackets, while men are asking, "Is it hot in here?"
A new study found most office thermostats are set using a formula from the 1960s - designed to keep men comfortable. That formula may overestimate the metabolic rate of women by 35 percent.
We may hit 90 degrees in Denver today... But we'll be lucky to hit 60 degrees in the office! pic.twitter.com/ityXkoroWW— Anica Padilla (@AnicaPadilla) August 4, 2015
We may hit 90 degrees in Denver today... But we'll be lucky to hit 60 degrees in the office! pic.twitter.com/ityXkoroWW
Researchers are now urging an end to the "gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort."
Setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming, researchers stated.
About 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions come from business and residential energy consumption, the study found.
The study was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.