September 04, 2009 01:00 ET

ConservatoryLand Discusses New Building Regulation Proposals for DIY Conservatories

MANSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2009) - Specialist DIY conservatory manufacturers, Conservatory Land, are looking at how the new proposals for the 2010 building regulations could affect the market for DIY conservatories.

A few years ago, the new Part L building regulations meant that all window and door installations in residential dwellings had to meet certain criteria, for example, minimum ventilation, minimum thermal efficiency and fire escape requirements.

Now, under new proposals for the year 2010, conservatories could be regulated for the first time.

Director of Conservatory Land, David Bingham says "For conservatories, we understand that installers would have to self-certify their work in the way window installers certify the Part L compliance of replacement windows. The glazed areas would have to meet a maximum U-value of 2.0W/m2K, and floors and walls would need to have a maximum U-value of 0.35W/m2K."

Currently, conservatories that exceed 30 square meters of floor area are already governed by such regulations but this is to be proposed to include all conservatories, so that they are treated in the same way as larger conservatories and traditional brick built extensions.

David says "This could be a real blow for the conservatory and the construction sector in general, further damaging an already struggling industry.

"This will force conservatory prices up for installing Low E glass, and additional building work in many cases".

"My main concern is our market for DIY conservatories as there would be increased hassle with the extra building work that our customers have to do themselves and every installation would mean that the customer has to apply for building regulation approval, adding even more costs and time to their project."

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders states "The industry needs a kick-start, not a kicking"

David Bingham continues "On the positive side, the long term results will benefit the environment and I think that there will always be a market for DIY conservatories while ever there is a market for consumers looking to save money."

Further information on this subject can be found at

For more information about how the new proposals could affect DIY conservatories, contact:

David Bingham


Old Mill Park

Mansfield Woodhouse


NG19 9BG

Telephone: 01623 488 887

Fax: 0870 123 1670

Contact Information

  • ConservatoryLand
    David Bingham
    01623 488 887
    0870 123 1670 (FAX)