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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Yesterday I happened to visit some offices to help with sustainability. What I saw was quite remarkable.

    The air cooling system was on and some areas were a bit too cool I reckoned, so did some of the staff as they had fan heaters on trying to warm their area up a bit.

    How common is this, I have seen this in winter with the heating on but never before in summer.
    • CommentAuthorDarylP
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    all over LA, especially Social Services.....:cry:
    Common enough. An awful lot of offices have pretty cheap HVAC systems. If you sit under the supply, you get cold. If you are under the extract, thats warmer. If you sit in a dead zone, with solar gain it can get quite hot. So those people scream for the aircon to be dialled down. So the first group get even colder.
    • CommentAuthorsam_cat
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Yup... In our office the aircon either blows too hot or too cold. No fault of the aircon, but certain members of staff adjust it between min and max settings rather than using a small adjustment to try and get comfortable. The open plan space also has multiple controllers, so one end is blowing hot as someone was too cold and the other end if blowing very cold as someone was too hot.

    Facilities have the option of locking it down and controlling it all centrally, which they did for a while but it was 'too much hassle' as people were constantly complaining it was too hot/cold/blowing too hard etc.

    Additionally facilities issue those that are too cold with fan heaters. And refuse to provide desk fans for those that are too hot as its a 'waste of money'

    Tried to explain to them how mad it was on more than one occasion, met with a roll of the eyes. :/

    Causes me rage every time I think about how much money is being wasted keeping the building uncomfortable.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    It is a mad mad mad mad world
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    It is from our perspective. But where's the incentive to change? That's what you have to look at.
    • CommentAuthorsam_cat
    • CommentTime4 days ago edited
    The incentive for a business, surely, has to be the bottom line... If they can see a tangible saving then it will happen.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTime4 days ago edited
    Correct. And the problem is there's next to no, or possibly negative, short term bottom line benefit.

    Although I would also add that incentives can exist at other levels, for example individuals following the latest environmental craze... unplugging mobile chargers anyone?
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