ICE COLD

Office Thermostats Biased Against Women

Scientists in the Netherlands published a study Monday detailing how office buildings set temperatures based on an old formula using metabolic rates for men. It concludes that buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” and begin to set higher temperatures to reduce the effect on global warming. Most buildings follow a model developed in the 1960s that uses the metabolic rate of a 154-pound, 40-year-old man, which may explain why many women say they are cold in offices.