The new Art & Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University opened in January 2010, after an investment of £24 million to construct a striking, contemporary structure for the faculty’s staff and students. The building’s serpentine form, with its long bends and curves, required a trench heating system to be fitted adjacent to the glazed areas of the building. As the only company to supply curved trench heating, Jaga Heating Products was the first choice to deliver efficient perimeter and wall-mounted heating for the Art & Design Academy.
Jaga’s Mini Canal heat emitter was chosen to sit below the glazed areas, the gentle curves of this trench heating system perfectly complementing the rolling forms of architect Rick Mather’s design. The Mini Canal features Jaga’s own Low-H20 heat element that uses 90% less water and significantly less mass than conventional heat exchangers or underfloor heating. The resultant efficiency improvement helps reduce fuel costs, as less hot water is needed to produce the required heat output. Low-H2O heat exchangers also work efficiently with low flow temperature systems, such as heat pumps.
This eco-friendly solution from Jaga perfectly suited the project, as renewable technologies will account for 10% of annual energy demand at the Art & Design Academy. The Mini Canal’s wide range of grille options allowed Rick Mather to match the interior design by choosing a rigid aluminium grille. In areas where trench heating was not appropriate, Jaga supplied the slimline Strada wall-mounted radiator, again with Jaga’s Low-H2O heat exchangers.
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