Vale Housing Association Social Housing Project Specifies Jaga Strada for efficient, affordable warmth

Ledbury, 5th June 2006: The Strada radiator from Jaga Heating Products has been installed in the newly-built Stonehouse Social Housing Project in Radley, Oxfordshire. The Strada was specified for every room in every dwelling in the project to provide a cost effective, safe, energy-efficient heating solution for tenants.

Vale Housing Association specified the Jaga Strada because of their responsibility to provide safe, affordable accommodation. The low water content (Low-H20) Strada offered a practical solution, bringing energy-efficient warmth from a compact, robust unit with a safe-to-touch surface temperature.

The building was designed with efficiency and performance in mind to meet their vital role of achieving sustainable energy in domestic housing in line with the Energy Conservation Act (HECA). In 2003 the housing association launched their affordable warmth strategy to help address the plight of fuel poverty for their tenants.

With the stated philosophy of providing 'Quality Housing at Affordable Rents', Vale Housing Association developed an environmental management system that includes measures to address the difficulties faced by those for whom heating costs represent a high proportion of their income. The Jaga Strada was ideal because its super-powered Low-H20 element offered ultra-fast and perfectly regulated heating, with a reaction speed three times faster than equivalent output steel panel radiators. As heat is only emitted when needed, on average 10% less energy is consumed. This results in long-term savings on heating costs for social housing tenants and actively fights fuel poverty.

Jaga's Low-H20 heat emitters offer better air distribution and circulation. This ensures that an entire room is heated to the same perfectly controlled temperature preventing humidity or mould formulation in cold spots.

With its safe surface temperature, the threat of burns or injury as from a traditional steel panel radiator is eliminated. This had been a great concern of Vale Housing Association who did not want residents or visitors to be vulnerable to hot surfaces.

The Strada also offered Vale Housing Association a more practical and cost effective installation procedure. A two stage installation aids both initial fixing and future redecoration. Low mass, Low-H20 heat emitters are lighter than steel panel radiators so can be handled and installed by one person safely. In addition, with its robust casing the Strada will prove to be more sustainable.

Further information: Jaga Heating Products UK Ltd, Orchard Business Park, Bromyard Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1LG. Tel: 01531 631533. Fax: 01531 631534. Web:

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