sustainable buildings

malls, which can be a challenge to heat. There are many benefits to glass façades

other than being aesthetically pleasing – including allowing natural light to enter a space, which is beneficial for the morale and wellbeing of the occupants. On sunny days they can also act as a large solar panel drawing in heat from outside to warm occupants. During colder months, however, the

glass façade acts as a heat loss device and a suitable heating system will need to be in place. One option is trench heating which, due to its availability in a broad range of depths, widths, and lengths, can cater to the needs of most buildings. As it is a hidden solution, it can be installed in front of floor-to-ceiling windows without disrupting the interior or the exterior view.

discrete solutions This hidden quality also makes trench heating ideal for historic buildings or those with architectural significance, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. When the museum needed a new

heating and ventilating system for the entire sixth floor, it was important to find a solution that was not visually intrusive, so not to detract from the collection of pieces on display, as well as something that would not violate any building restrictions. Selected by the project’s building

services consultants, Norman Disney & Young, we recommended the Oxygen heating and ventilating system, Jaga Clima Canal and Jaga ‘Built In’ DBE radiators. The Oxygen system adapts to the indoor

air quality of the room, measuring it and automatically activating when required to ensure a fresh and healthy environment for visitors to browse the displays and keep their minds attentive. Because it only reacts when necessary, it is more efficient than fixed speed ventilation. The technologically sophisticated Oxygen system is incorporated into Jaga’s heating

Discrete heating and ventilation systems allowed the architect to maintain the period style at the V&A London

solutions to significantly reduce CO2 levels. The Clima Canal’s highly efficient and

responsive dynamic Low-H2O heat exchanger combined with its whisper-quiet activators means the Clima Canal reacts to temperature fluctuations nine times faster than standard wall mounted radiators,

ensuring a steady temperature is maintained for visitors’ comfort. Clima Canal’s compact dimensions and noiseless operation allow it to perform unobtrusively even in the most sensitive area. In the main ceramic display areas, the

Clima Canal system was mounted beneath the custom-built display cabinets and fitted with a decorative grille to match the display cabinet finish. The ‘Built In’ radiators were chosen to

ensure they remained discreet and practically invisible to the naked eye. This means the heat exchanger was built into a decorative casing rather than the standard case, which allows the architect to maintain the period look of the building whilst allowing the use of contemporary, efficient heating and ventilating products. Heating today’s buildings is becoming

more challenging thanks to stringent energy efficiency targets and changes in construction methods. However, with the right solutions building managers can ensure comfort is maintained and costs are driven down. 40

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