Manchester Eco-Home Specifies Jaga Strada for Energy-Efficient, Sustainable Warmth

Jaga's Strada radiators have been selected for the new Manchester City Council eco-home project for trial, based on the innovative low water content, safety and energy efficient performance of the radiator. An exciting two year experiment, the eco-home has been designed to educate visitors about climate change and ways to tackle fuel poverty by showcasing various energy-saving and sustainable features in all aspects of the building.

The project, in Penzance Street, Miles Platting, combines two terraced properties from the 1900's that have been knocked together, re-developed and brought up to the standard of a modern new-built eco-home to the benchmark criteria of the Building Research Establishment. With growing concern about global warming and the wider cost of energy use, the eco-home is a resource that hopes to raise public awareness and illustrate what improvements can be made in the home on a day to day basis as well as in the long term.

From sustainable materials to the conservation of energy and water and the use of new technology, the eco-house includes a solar hot water system, condensing boilers, loft and pipe insulation, low energy light fittings, wooden window frames containing argon filled double glazing and high levels of insulation for the walls.

Energy-efficiency, safe surface temperatures and fuel poverty concerns were instrumental in the selection of the Jaga Strada radiator, being the ideal choice because its super-powered Low-H20 element offers ultra-fast and perfectly regulated heating, with a reaction speed three times faster than equivalent output steel panel radiators. This low mass, low water content unit does not store up excess energy like a steel panel radiator and therefore heat is only emitted when needed. This fast and controlled response has been proven in testing at the Building Research Establishment to deliver at least 10% saving in fuel consumption, and also therefore in heating bills, across the heating season. This results in long-term savings on heating costs for tenants and actively fights fuel poverty.

Jaga's Low-H20 heat emitters operate using 100% natural convection, and therefore offer better air distribution and circulation. This ensures that an entire room is heated to the same controlled temperature preventing humidity or mould formulation in cold spots. With its cool-touch front panel, the threat of burns or injury as from a traditional steel panel radiator is also significantly reduced. This is particularly important in the eco-house where members of the public, including groups of children, may come into close contact with the radiators. The sleek, unobtrusive casing of the Strada was also ideal for an area like this where any space needs to be maximised.

By opening the house to the public, the project allows visitors to view all of these energy saving possibilities and choose which would be most useful for their own homes. Visitors can learn how to reduce fuel bills at the same time as doing their bit for global warming. It will also be encouraging housing associations, builders and specifiers to adopt some of the ideas for new affordable housing.

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