In the Hampshire village of Grayshott, Drum Housing Association has recently constructed two separate residential buildings comprising four new social housing properties. Drum’s mission across all of their projects is to create environmentallyfriendly housing that will subsequently cut fuel bills for each resident. The first building is a conventional two-storey residential property containing two semidetached homes. The second building is a red-brick bungalow designed to provide accessibility for wheelchair users through the provision of a large wet-floor bathroom, step-free access and household fittings that are reachable from a seated position.
Drum Housing required an environmentally-friendly method for heating each house. Solar and wind turbine power sources were not suitable for the site due to a number of tall trees in the immediate area, as well as being generally still too costly and inefficient to provide a home with more than a small fraction of its energy needs. Drum Housing therefore specified an air source heat pump system coupled with Jaga Strada DBE radiators. The DBE radiator range features the first wall-mounted models that work efficiently with the low flow temperatures generated by heat pump systems. When used in conjunction with heat pumps, Jaga’s DBE technology completes a heating installation that can significantly reduce energy costs, and in turn reduce a household’s carbon footprint.
Jaga DBE (Dynamic Boost Effect) radiators can quickly and efficiently heat a room even with heat pump energy sources, providing a viable alternative to expensive and unresponsive underfloor heating systems. Whilst the DBE unit maintains rapid, effective and accurate room comfort conditions, it can also supply a quick boost of heat if required.
The use of economical and environmentally-friendly heat pumps and Jaga radiators will help achieve affordable warmth goals by minimizing energy costs whilst also reliably heating the homes for years to come. Residents have already moved in to their new homes with the system being fully tested after installation and have already been enjoying the benefit of the added thermal comfort this winter.
Adrian Cator, of building contractor Drew Smith, commented: “The Jaga radiators were easy to install and proved their effectiveness both on paper and in the testing phase.”
Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability & Innovation Manager at Drum Housing, was impressed by the functionality and performance of the Jaga radiators: “We didn’t just need a compatible heating solution to work with the air source heat pump, we needed something that would offer the highest possible efficiency. Jaga’s DBE radiators helped us to create an environmentally-friendly home and we anticipate they will also allow the residents to enjoy significantly reduced energy bills.”
The Jaga DBE radiators have allowed Paul and his team to install a genuine space-saving alternative to the conventional over-sized radiators traditionally used for such a project. Drum Housing have used underfloor heating systems in the past with heat pumps, but encountered technical problems that prompted them to investigate efficient alternatives. Drum Housing are now looking to use Jaga’s DBE radiators in other projects where the undirected heat of underfloor heating systems can be lost to other parts of the building.
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