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The Valve – Jaga's very own blog

The means by which we ventilate our schools is one of the defining factors in creating and maintaining standards of health and comfort that allow students to thrive. But how we set about designing and regulating ventilation systems to best achieve optimum levels has been a slow evolving process. Now, however, a change for the better seems to creeping over the horizon.   The Department for Education (DfE) is currently in the process of updating the Building Bulleting 101 (BB101)[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-bulletin-101-ventilation-for-school-buildings], which is being produced to fall in line with Education Funding Agency (EFA) Guideline Standards[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/psbp-baseline-designs] – in particular its ‘Facilities Output Specification’ (FOS). The proposed new name will be ‘BB101 – Guidelines for ventilation, thermal...  Read More

As most of the UK glides blissfully into spring, the winter we leave behind has left a disturbing mark on many households.   A study carried out by the University College London (UCL) – and brought to public attention via BBC News[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35862763] and a BBC Panorama documentary – has calculated that an estimated 9,000 people died last winter in England and Wales because their homes were too cold.     Why? The unacceptable issue that seemingly will not go away: fuel poverty. People being priced out of acceptable living standards due to high energy costs; people not being given suitable access to the energy efficient technologies that can sidestep a reliance on costly fossil fuels.   The...  Read More

There are many illnesses and physical ailments that must be accounted for in the design and operation of care homes. Some are relatively straight-forward to accommodate; others are somewhat more difficult.   Approximately 80% of care home residents live with some form of dementia and it is perhaps the most unpredictable disorder that must be considered by care home operators. The safety standards of a care premises can be influenced by various dementia symptoms: confusion, memory loss, disorientation or limited coordination – each might affect care home residents to varying degrees.    But whilst there is no one-size-fits-all practice of care, any risk to dementia patients in their living environments must be rectified to...  Read More

A recent report by Scape, a public sector owned built environment specialist, has estimated that as many as 1,600 new primary schools will need to be built by 2024 in order to accommodate Britain’s rising young population.   In fact, even by 2019, the report expects the amount of primary school pupils to rise from 4,376,000 to 4,658,000. London alone will require 2,600 extra 30-pupil classrooms by 2020. And all this in a country where parents already struggle to place their children into their ideal schools.   It goes without saying, there is a lot of work to be done.   But whilst it might seem daunting for the educational boards and contractors...  Read More

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