Whether you’re in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra or Adelaide, there’s little respite from the heat of the harsh Australian sun. The painfully apparent problem is that so many houses lack proper window insulation or have poor window thermal efficiency.
A recent study by Maastricht University suggests that the ideal office temperature formula is based on the body heat of an average man. Specifically a 70 kilogram, 40 year old male. The issue is, metabolic rates can vary across humans subject to a number of factors like weight, age, fitness level, etc. Women's metabolic rates are 20 to 35 percent lower than males. The research conducted in the Netherlands found the current model had the potential to overestimate womenâs heat production by up to 35%. This explains why some women feel cold in a standard office temperature.