Overheated shop and building interiors

January 2, 2008

As all visitors to colder parts of the world and Melbourne know, shop and building interiors are almost invariably heated and too often they are overheated.

Say it’s 5 degrees centigrade outside – why does the interior of a building need to be what feels like 25 degrees? It’s crazy! Not only do you have to undress several layers of clothing when going into the building (and put them back on when leaving), but you then have to deal with the overheatedness which can make you feel sleepy! 

This must be well-known. How hard would it be for the interiors to be heated to a comfortable level, say 20 degrees centigrade? Why is it thought that the (very) cold exterior can be compensated by overheating the interior? It’s not on, people!