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Tempers and temperatures rise, BC report exposes implications of air conditioning


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July 31, 2019

The use of air conditioning in offices across British Columbia has increased by almost a third in recent years, and temperature tensions among employees and those in control of their office temperature are rising according to Cold War, a report from BC Hydro.

The report states BC Hydro data shows that the use of A/C in offices and commercial buildings in BC has increased by almost a third since 2006, and it is predicted that A/C use will continue to grow over the next few decades, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency entitled The Future of Cooling.

This rise in the use of A/C can be attributed to a few factors including population growth, climate warming, a rise in global incomes and newer more efficient buildings which may lower overall energy consumption, while at the same time make making A/C more accessible.

BC Hydro data indicates that approximately 63 per cent of commercial and industrial customer accounts have at least some portion of their enclosed area space cooled.

Read the report.


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