The residence of the Dutch Consul General in Toronto, Canada is a 2 story home with 14 rooms and 3200 square feet of living space, and keeping the residence at a comfortable temperature in a cost-effective manner proved to be quite challenging. It featured an outdated boiler and cast-iron heating system, which failed in terms of both performance and aesthetics. The goal was to install a modern system that utilizes renewable energy resources, capable of improving the bottom line and decreasing its environmental impact. Outdated heating systems and radiators are inefficient, leading to energy loss and discomfort for building occupants. Such systems can also be problematic in terms of health and safety because the exterior of the cast iron radiators can become extremely hot and result in burns. Additionally, older heating technologies are typically not compatible with emerging renewable energy systems, including solar and geothermal, because they operate at higher temperatures. To incorporate a system that would resolve these issues, the consul and engineers for the project looked to technology from across the pond.
The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and the Dutch have been at the forefront of implementing the latest in environmentally-sustainable solutions in private residences, places of commerce and government buildings. Therefore, harnessing this technology was a natural solution for the Dutch Consulate’s home in Canada.
“When installing solar panels and a new central heating system in my home in France, I was advised that Jaga radiators are the Rolls-Royce of radiators,” said Johan Kramer, Consul General of the Netherlands. “Before installing Jaga radiators in the Dutch residence in Toronto, we hired a consultant to study the system’s benefits. The outcome was very clear, as we found them to be remarkable in terms of efficiency and design.”
Along with a newly installed geothermal heating system, the residence is now equipped with 32 Low-H2O Jaga Strada radiators. The decision to use Jaga was based on a myriad of factors, including functionality, durability, cost-effectiveness and aesthetic appeal. Compared to traditional fin-tubed radiators, Jaga models feature innovative elements that require heating only 10 percent of the mass of traditional models. The lower mass and water temperature enables Jaga radiators to respond rapidly to internal and external temperature changes, thereby allowing the unit to heat only when necessary. This technology allows Jaga radiators to benefit from free energy sources, including sunlight, while also reducing annual CO2 emissions by as much as 220 pounds compared to traditional systems. Together, a team of contractors from Nutemp Mechanical Systems in Oakville, ON, and engineers from Stantec based in Toronto, designed a solution that incorporated Jaga products and met the project scope.
“The Dutch Consulate was very impressed by Jaga radiators, and we wanted to ensure they had fair pricing in comparison to the competitors,” said Nuno Duarte, project engineer and associate, Stantec. “If the project does not make fiscal sense, green technologies are often set aside, but Jaga did meet that standard and I can certainly understand the appeal.”
In addition to cutting costs, reducing the environmental impact and ensuring more uniform heating, Jaga radiators eclipse traditional models in terms of safety and aesthetics. A core Jaga value is transforming products from design objects to art objects, and the stylish contemporary casings come in colors running the gamut. Also, with a surface temperature never rising above 109 degrees, the sleek casings will not scald and are by far the safest choice for any organization concerned with safety.
Function, design, safety and environmental concerns go only so far, and unless the project makes long-term fiscal sense, there is no incentive for any organization. While in its relative infancy, the Dutch Consulate project is projected to begin paying back in regards to energy savings in 12 years.
“The Jaga radiators are quite stylish and everybody comments about the sleek, lean design and people are also impressed by the low noise level compared to other units.”
The fiscal savings are part of a longterm energy-saving strategy, but several benefits are apparent by just walking into the residence. A big problem with traditional panel radiators is unbalanced heating, but Jaga Low-H2O radiators and their superior air circulation make this a non-issue. Further, its compatibility with the geothermal heating system improves its overall sustainability.
Paybacks in terms of comfort and aesthetics can also be quantified instantly, and the consul residence is now more comfortable and more visually appealing space.
“The performance in my house in France is absolutely fantastic, and we could not be more pleased with our decision to install Jaga products,” said Kramer.
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