Changes to the way conservatories are built.


Are you still allowed a conservatory after June?

You may have heard about the changes to the rules coming into force on 15th June, amendments that will limit the design of a conservatory to meet potential climate changes.

With summers predicted to reach 40C there is a concern about the ventilation in homes, to prevent sun traps in property there is a focus on new properties being built in a manor that limits solar gain.


All new dwellings will have to undertake significant new measures to mitigate against soaring summer temperatures. The main emphasis is on ventilation, windows, doors, trickle vents and for some properties extractors and specialist air flow equipment.


Will this stop you getting a new conservatory for your house? No. The legislation has been put in place for new dwellings not ones that have already been built.


At Suffolk Conservatory, a division of Colourchange UPVC, nearly every conservatory, sunroom and extension that we build has an insulated roof manufactured by Supalite. These highly insulated roofs are exactly the type of construction that is being sought by the new rules.


Another concern being addressed in the legislation are designs that are too glazing heavy. Constructions with floor to ceiling glass, bi-folds and no protection from solar gain. We have always guided our customers to be wary about having too much glass and have examples of conservatories in our show area that demonstrates that highly glazed designs create too much heat in the Summer and contribute to heat loss in the winter.


All window frames supplied by us are manufactured to meet the latest U values, this is a measure used for heat gain/heat loss. Windows frames are sourced by Colourchange UPVC and are available in any colour. We supply a range of windows from Veka, Roseview windows and Residence R7 and R9 windows. The majority of the windows tend to be the excellent Veka System 10 windows in the normal profile or flush fit. The System 10 windows are excellent value, combining excellent construction, performance and appearance.


Glazing is normally double glazing, sealed units with top energy rating. Occasionally we would recommend triple glazing but the majority of installations really don’t need, or would benefit sufficiently from this option.


We are conservatory specialists, based near Woodbridge in Suffolk. If you are looking to add a conservatory, sunroom or single story extension to your home give us a call. One of our team will come and discuss what you are looking for and prepare a quote for you.


We seek prices from all the manufacturers in order to provide a realistic, competitive price for you. The quote takes about two weeks to put together.