Feel good with drifting temperatures


Exposure to environments outside a comfortable temperature could help tackle major metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and should be reflected in modern building practices, finds a study “Healthy Excursions Outside the Thermal Comfort Zone,” and published in Building Research & Information,

This new research reveals how exposure to mildly cold or warm environments, outside the standard comfort zone inside buildings, of 21°C to 22°C, increases metabolism and energy expenditure which may help to tackle obesity. As a result of the positive benefits, the authors advocate that living conditions in modern buildings, such as homes and offices, should be dynamic and incorporate drifting temperatures in order to support healthy human environments.