The Role of Clothing in Achieving Acceptability of Environmental Temperatures between 65 F and 85 F (18 C and 30 C),
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MASS
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It seems clear that the trend, since the 1920s, to lighter weight and less clothing will have to be reversed completely in the winter if thermal comfort is to be achieved at the present Federal Energy Agency guidelines of 68 to 70 F for winter thermostat settings, and because of the problem of the hands thermal comfort may not be achievable to allow for sedentary office work at temperatures below that level. The present summertime guidelines of 78 to 80 F can be achieved with conventional summer clothing, and even the proposed extended guidelines of 80 to 82 F could be made thermally comfortable if bathing suits become acceptable as office wear.
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