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The Valve – Jaga's very own blog

Over the years green buildings have been seen as niche and, despite their benefits, still not mainstream. Well, it’s time to think again as the combination of the global phenomenon of well-being, a more aware occupant and strong evidence linking the quality of workplace and productivity, is changing that perception. Read More

One of the aspects that quickly becomes apparent when speaking to anyone involved in the running of facilities is the long list of topics that have to be considered, including both hard and soft services and often additional aspects, too. This is a regular discussion in meetings with the PFM Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), which mainly consists of independent FMs with overall responsibility for the running of a wide range of facilities, who state the tasks they’re involved with range from a blocked toilet to the design and build or refurbishment of all types of buildings – and anything and everything in between. Read More

*With ongoing political uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the European Union, it is not yet known what the future holds for energy efficiency legislation. However, earlier this year Theresa May reinforced her pledge to halve the energy costs for the UK’s existing building stock. Whatever happens, one thing is certain: it is vitally important that we continue to reduce our impact on the environment. Here are some suggestions for how to specify heating products which not only meet current guidelines, but also safeguard against future changes.  * Read More

With the summer holidays fast approaching, school managers can be forgiven for thinking of sun, sand and sangria. But actually, the summer months are the best time of year to carry out upgrades to a school’s heating system. Now is the time to be running reports on the previous 12 months and to take steps to ensure that improvements in energy management can be made before winter. Read More

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