Does anyone know of some well written papers or research documents documenting that people working in doors on computers all day (programming as in my case), work better in quite cool environments. I would like some evidence to support my case that our office is too loud and hot.
I work in an open plan office (no walls) where there can be anywhere from 5-12 people, though in general they are quiet and don't really bother me (I have headphones if they get to noisy).
What bothers me is that our end of the office gets very hot, and I mean to the degree where I'm basically sweating all day long.
This would be because there are windows all round our end of the office and thus lets the sun.
I love the sun, I love that I can work in the sun (albeit through glass), as this is often the only time I get in the sun during the week.
But this also means the office gets quite hot, which is less then ideal.
I don't if it's just me, but I find I work faster and make less mistakes in cool, well A/C'ed environments.
The other end of the office is quiet and cool, but the rooms on that end are reserved for meetings, so I can't work there.
We have have windows but aren't allowed to open them (they are locked) due to the risk that someone might fall out of them... (we are quite high up)
I have asked if they could put clips on them, so people can't fall out, but they haven't done anything with it.
I can ask them again, but I don't think they see it as a big issue (they are in the cool, well A/C'ed rooms.)
But what really gets me is that they have put in an extra fan in our A/C system, which just makes extra noise and little to no different (You can barely feel air coming out of the A/C vents on the roof.)
So now we are hot all day long and have a noisy fan going all day long.
When I work late, and the A/C turns off, it's like a weight has been lifted off me. I can work so much easier and think so much clearer.
Basically what I'm asking is, does anyone know of some well written papers or research documents documenting that people working in doors on computers all day (programming as in my case), work better in quite cool environments.
So that I can hand this to my bosses, as I feel they will listen to this.