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Parliament House gets hotter

By johnboy - 22 January 2007 27

The Canberra Times reports that the air conditioning in Parliament House is being turned down by 2 degrees to see how much water can be saved. It all sounds a bit half arsed.

Asked why she had chosen 24 degrees as the target temperature for the experiment Ms Penfold replied, “Because it is two degrees above 22. We probably need two degrees to give us enough difference to be able to measure what we are doing.

“We will be trying to develop in effect a spreadsheet that will track the relationship between the target temperature, the outside temperature and the water use, and establish what difference it makes to increase the temperature,” she said.

Where parliament leads the other departments will surely follow, what are your thoughts on a comfortable working temperature?

Unmentioned in the article is the minor matter that all the offices in Parliament House have an override thermostat that gives another couple of degrees plus or minus. Anyone want to bet the little buttons will be getting a workout?

What’s Your opinion?


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Parliament House gets hotter
CouldExpire 1:26 pm 22 Jan 07

I’m glad I dont work at parliament house… I love the freezer box building I work in! Wouldnt have it any other way!

seepi 1:17 pm 22 Jan 07

i wonder what the leg. ass. is set at?

sheer 1:15 pm 22 Jan 07

Agreed, Threeze. We hit 29.8 here on Friday before 10am, despite the Facilities team assuring us we had no air-con problems.

gurunik 12:30 pm 22 Jan 07

34.4 now and getting sexier…..

gurunik 11:48 am 22 Jan 07

32.5c and rising in the workshop here. sweat makes you sexy…

johnboy 11:46 am 22 Jan 07

I have to say I get quite sleepy when it gets hotter.

threeze 11:45 am 22 Jan 07

Lucky guys, we are without aircon at work and it has been hotter inside than out for the past week. I would be quite happy to have 24 or 26 as my daily temp.

terubo 11:41 am 22 Jan 07

Talking bull again, bt.

Jazz 11:40 am 22 Jan 07

comfortable workign temperature is differnet for different people. There has to come a point where the loss of productivity for either too high, or too low temperatures exceeds the savings that are made from heating or cooling an office building. It would take a pretty sophisticted analysis beyond the capabilities of most government departments to draw conclusions on that. not to mention the cost of doing such analysis.

Sounds to me like someone with too much time on their hands trying to justify a job.

VYBerlinaV8_now with 11:39 am 22 Jan 07

I find I work better if the temp is a bit low, rather than a bit high. Personally I like it around 20 mark, or even a touch less.

Sammy 11:38 am 22 Jan 07

My wife works in the John Gorton Building in Parkes, and she regularly complains that it’s too bloody cold. She often takes a jumper to work, in the middle of summer.

barking toad 11:36 am 22 Jan 07

You take cows to work?

seepi 11:35 am 22 Jan 07

I think 24 degrees should be fine. but I have no air-con at home, so it gets up to 30ish…

terubo 11:33 am 22 Jan 07

If, as the CT insinuates, workers are taking jerseys etc to Parlt House, then of course the aircon should be turned down (or is that up?). I worked in Singapore for some time, you had to take jerseys in because of the cold – ridiculous.

Sammy 11:30 am 22 Jan 07

Speaking on 666 this morning, Parliamentary Secretary Hilary Penfold stated that at least one person in the house had raised an objection, as they had a medical condition that required them to work in temperatures closer to 20°C (or somesuch).

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