It has been three decades since scientists discovered just how much punishment the Earth’s atmosphere had taken. We had previously been oblivious to the fragility of the ozone layer, until a hole the size of the continental United States was identified above Antarctica in 1985. Our innovation of incredible technologies to enhance our lives has come at a price. Progression at the planet’s expense. Identification of the problem was one thing; implementing change has been harder to execute. You see, when billions of people become reliant on a certain way of life, reversing unhealthy habits – in a planetary sense – becomes a colossal endeavour. But for all the naysayers of... Read More
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It’s high time for innovation. Innovation to prevent the end of our planet as we know it. Our thirst for fossil fuels is becoming difficult for the Earth to sustain, so we need to become greener in our energy consumption. Jaga-CO2-Temperatures Where there is scope for change, it has to happen. Inefficient design and heating of our buildings is contributing significantly to the CO2; emissions that result in global warming. Global warming, as a term, has been used so heavily without significant action that its resonance has dwindled. We need to reinforce its significance in a sector that has the potential to make a difference. A warmer world might seem like... Read More
Jaga is delighted to be backing an initiative by H & V News magazine called ‘Time for Change’. The first issue on its agenda is to change the situation relating to retention funds within construction contracts – a problem affecting contractors and small businesses throughout the building services and construction sectors. In any line of work, if you do a good job you expect to be paid the agreed amount for your efforts. Too often, businesses are withholding or delaying payments to contracting companies for their work, quite simply because there is nothing to stop them doing so. It is hugely damaging to the image of the industry, and is... Read More
As more success stories emerge, it will be seen as a more viable solution: the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is an excellent opportunity for housing associations to implement cost-effective, energy-efficient and high-performance heating. Renewable heat sources have the potential to eradicate the frankly unacceptable levels of ‘heat poverty’ that are reported each year, particularly in off-grid communities that suffer so much during Winter both financially and in heating performance. We recently saw details of an encouraging heating refurbishment at a Northampton social housing estate that implemented air-to-water heat pumps – a cost effective and energy-efficient solution for residents day-to-day, with the bonus of installation costs being offset by the RHI. Some residents from that... Read More