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Battle of the sexes: Office air conditioning

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(ABC) -- A new study reveals why so many women feel freezing at the office, while most men are comfortable.

Women of America: you're not imagining it. Your office really is too cold. You've sent Good Morning America the proof: blankets, scarves, coats, hoodies and Harry Potter snuggies.

"A lot of women are really clever, often by necessity. It doesn't matter if we're having record heat," said ABC News Workplace Contributor Tory Johnson.

And here is why: the thermostat is set for men. Glass ceilings, wage gaps? Now thermostats: another tool of workplace inequality. "Nature climate
change" just laid it all out in this study with the fabulous title: Energy Consumption in Buildings and Female Thermal Demand.

"You see, women, on average, produce maybe 30 percent less heat than men. They're smaller. Usually less muscle. And, what do a lot of guys wear the office. Well, coat, tie, socks, boots. Standard uniform. But, look what my colleague Florinda is wearing: blouse,
open shoes?" Nick Watt said.

This is bad. Chilly workers are less productive. All that air conditioning is bad for the environment. And it's just plain not fair.

Optimum office temperate was formulated in the 1960s ago and based on the so-called resting metabolic rate of a 154-pound, 40-year-old male office worker: so basically a slightly skinnier Don Draper.

Office sexism, and drinking at work, have since fallen out of fashion. Women are now half the workforce: so, um, shouldn't we also jack up the heat?

"This is definitely not a women's problem. We have to adjust the temperatures, not adjust our clothing," Johnson said.

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