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Old 08.02.2012, 18:01
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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

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c) the air temperature inside exceeds the limit set by the SIA 382/1 for more than 100 hours per year during the period of use of premises concerned.

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Further research shows that the legislation that you're looking for to support your cup of coffee is:

SIA V382/1-3 from the Switzerland Society of Engineers and Architects

but that's where my Googling skills exceed my linguistic skills.

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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

Have to say that in our building if an Exec asks for aircon, the phone call is made and a man arrives to install it , end of .... lower ranks dont et the same treatment of course theyu just have to sweat it out ...no swiss rules and regs seem to apply .......and to be honest I dont see how it can be ok to heat the offices to a minimum of 26 degrees all through the winter and then not allow air con for the hot days in the summer...... I dread the air con wars in our office every year ! lol
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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

Go and visit somewhere like Singapore or Malaysia, and you'll see why they don't want everyone sticking air conditioning units everywhere they can. First, it's hugely inefficient and places massive demand on the electricity grid, and second, it looks terrible and tacky.

I'd post some photos, but I only have one NZ->CH converter plug, and can't plug in my external hard drive as well as my laptop at the same time.
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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

Thanks for the advice all.

I think we proved our point, however my colleague said he was talking about residential, and all of these links refer to commercial / research places, is anyone's french good enough to disprove that?
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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

I was looking to buy a house a couple of years' back and saw one property that had been converted to suit the needs of the paraplegic gentleman who lived there. There were automatic doors (Star Trek tech!), a lift ... and air-con!

I was delighted, although my wife thinks air-con is an awful waste. I guess they had permission to install it given the man's medical issues - and I guess we wouldn't be obliged to rip it out. I would point out though that the units are not discrete and Switzerland's glaciers are melting at record rates ...

Anyway, we purchased another house instead.
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Re: Is Air-Conditioning against the law?

Reading all the requirements/limitations regarding air conditioning, even in workplaces, I:

1. now understand why IMD in Lausanne went to the trouble of cooling their campus buildings by pumping in cool water from Lake Geneva (just imagine the expense of building an air con system based on this... but a great idea!)

2. I wonder how many hot / record hot summers before this norm has to change. Hot offices in summer are obviously no good for comfort, productivity and ultimately error and safety.

here comes summer....
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