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    Energy Efficient Conservatories

    The Importance of Energy Efficiency

    There is no doubt that conservatories make beautiful home extensions but in order for them to add significant value to your home, they need to be energy efficient.

    A conservatory should compliment your way of living, offering a comfortable space during both the winter and summer months.

    The most cost effective way to control your conservatory’s climate is with an energy efficient conservatory.However, many home owners avoid their conservatories during certain months of the year due to inefficiency.

    Conservatory Considerations

    Energy Efficiency

    If you are considering building a conservatory then you will need to consider conservatory materials in advance.

    The design is important as it will effectively determine just how energy efficient your conservatory will be.

    Consider your conservatory options. Will your conservatory be North facing? A north facing conservatory needs to be well heated whereas a South facing conservatory will need effective ventilation.

    Energy Efficient Conservatory Glass

    Energy efficient conservatory glass is a great investment. Whether you are looking to replace your conservatory roof or looking to build a new conservatory, it will provide a number of benefits.

    Warmer in Winter

    Temperature regulation is key if you wish to control your conservatory climate. Energy efficient glass will retain heat during winter, ensuring your conservatory stays warm during the cooler months. By actively reducing heat loss, it will allow you to put aside artificial heat sources such as electric heaters.

    Cooler in Summer

    Its innovative design will also ensure your conservatory remains cool during the warmer months too. Energy efficient glass reduces any glare from the sun so you won’t need to rely on electric fans to keep you cool.

    The greater your window’s energy rating, the more thermally efficient they will be. Windows with ‘A’ ratings are the ones you should opt for for maximum efficient levels.

    Low – E Glazing

    Low-e glass will allow you to benefit from a glass that is three times more energy efficient than single or traditional double glazing. This low-emissive glass is coated in an innovative reflective material which still allow heat to re-enter your conservatory instead of escaping through the window.

    Energy Efficient Conservatories

    How Does Energy Saving Glass Work?

    Consisting of two sheets of glass filled with a harmless gas in between to improve insulation. The gas allows the warm air to stop from escaping your conservatory by acting as an insulating barrier.

    It is inevitable that heat loss will occur in any home, so doing everything you can to stop this is vital if you want to maintain a warm home. Reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy bills and create a more environmentally friendly home by having energy saving glass installed by one of our trusted local companies.

    The Benefits of Energy Efficiency

    • Smaller carbon footprint
    • Fewer draughts and cold spots
    • Reduced condensation
    • Lower energy bills

    Which Conservatory Glass Do I Choose?

    Glass is generally a better option compared to polycarbonate alternatives. Polycarbonate may be cheap but it will become opaque and marked over time.

    Glass will offer you a strong and long lasting finish, providing you with a crystal clear view of your garden. It will make your conservatory appear bigger and brighter by successfully enhancing all natural light.

    Your trusted conservatory installer will be able to advise you of which glass to choose. The Building Regulations Part N covers conservatory glass so your installer will be aware of energy efficient glass.

    As a result, you will be offered the best Glass U-Values. Glass U-Values measure the rate of heat loss through different types of glass The lower the U-Value, the more energy efficient your glass will be.

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    Conservatory Roof

    Another way to improve you conservatory’s energy efficiency is by replacing your conservatory roof. Your home or business’ energy efficiency is incredibly important, especially in these eco-conscious times. Choosing energy efficient glass for your conservatory roof will help you save precious energy.

    Replacing your conservatory roof is no longer as costly as it once was. Increased competition within the conservatory marketplace has seen costs reduced. What better investment for your home then an affordable and efficient conservatory glass roof?

    Conservatory RoofImproving Your Energy Efficiency

    Keeping your conservatory energy efficient is important if you’re wishing to use your conservatory even in the cold winter months. Make sure your new conservatory is installed by one of our expert trusted local companies so you benefit from their excellent ‘A’ rated glazing.

    Witness your heating bills reduce over the year as your windows retain the heat within your home without having to turn your heating on.

    Improved energy efficiency with stops any cold spots or draughts from entering your conservatory.

    Energy Efficient Partners

    There are many awarding bodies which offer energy efficiency ratings, certificates and governing schemes to ensure the efficiency of your new conservatory glass is top of the range.

    In order for glazing to be considered energy efficient, it must have a Window Energy Rating (WER) of ‘C’ or higher. Supported by the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council), the government have set up a scheme to improve the energy efficiency of double glazing.

    Also backed by the Energy Saving Trust, conservatory glazing will be approved to have received an energy rating of ‘B’ or above so you know you are choosing the best available.

    Glass Roof

    Long Lasting Double Glazing

    Energy efficient double glazing for your conservatory will benefit you for many years, lasting a minimum of 20 years so you will get plenty of use out of it. As UPVC is a highly robust and sturdy material, it makes an excellent choice for the frames of each window of your conservatory.

    The strength of the UPVC frames makes them highly secure and aesthetically pleasing, a beautiful addition to your home. Easy to maintain and keep clean, this makes them a superb choice. Conservatory Online Prices ensures you receive only the very best of service, quality and energy efficiency.

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    To find your trusted local installer who will be able offer you the very best in energy efficient glazing use our online quote calculator and see just how much money you can save.

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    Frequently Asked Conservatory Questions

    In most instances the council tax will not increase on a property unless the additions another living quarter or self-contained annex. This means the addition of a conservatory should not increase the council tax payable on a property. To be absolutely certain you can always check the government's website which gives advice on council tax.
    The main difference between a conservatory and an orangery is how the roof is constructed. A conservatory roof is over 75% glazed whereas an orangery roof has less than this amount. A conservatory also has over half of its wall space glazed whereas an orangery can include more brickwork than this.
    Yes, you can put a conservatory on the front of your house. This is because conservatories come under the category of a permitted development. As such in most instances you do not need planning permission. This applies if the area surrounding the original house is not more than 50% covered by other buildings or additions.
    There are many ways of gaining temperature control. Conservatory blinds, ventilating windows, cooling film and air conditioning to name a few. You might also want to consider replacing your conservatory roof with a tiled or solid design.
    There are many ways of keeping your conservatory warm in the Winter. If you have a small conservatory then an electric heater will suffice but those with bigger conservatories may want to look into installing underfloor heating.
    Glazing is also very important in a conservatory. Most heat can be lost through glass so ensure your conservatory glazing is thermally efficient. You can also tackle draughts or cold spots by installing conservatory blinds.
    This will largely depend on your location. You will find that certain areas have different setbacks based on the use of the building. We recommend that you check with your local council or take a look at the Goverment's Planning Portal.

    You must notify your neighbour if you want to:

    - Build on or at the boundary of your 2 properties - Work on an existing party wall or party structure - Dig below and near to the foundation level of their property
    Replacing your conservatory roof can indeed make your conservatory warmer however, this will depend on the type of roof you choose. A solid or tiled conservatory roof will offer greater insulation than a plastic or glazed roof.
    A solid roof can be put on a conservatory. There are many solid conservatory roof designs available - just ask your chosen installer for a recommendation. The majority of new-build conservatories with a solid, tiled or glazed roof will not require planning permission. They are covered under what is known as 'permitted development'. However, building regulations will apply if you want to build an extension.
    When it comes to your home improvement, it's important to have all the necessary legal documentation. The installation of a conservatory, orangery or porch does not require a FENSA registration form.
    The average life span of a uPVC conservatory is largely dependent on the quality of materials and build. Typically, a uPVC frame can last up to 25 years but some can last for decades ensuring they are well maintained.
    Planning permissions used to say that a certain percentage of roofing must be translucent in order for a conservatory to be exempt from planning permission. Changes to building regulations however, now means that you may not require planning permission for roof replacement.
    Swapping your existing conservarory roof for a tiled or solid roof replacement can be done without needing to file for planning permission. Planning permission may be required however, if the height of your extension is changed following completion.
    A conservatory is defined as a 'building that has no less than 75% of its roof area made of translucent material and no less than 50% of its total wall area made of glass.
    It is possible to convert a conservatory to an orangery but it isn't a simple process. A surveyor will need to come out and assess your property and conservatory to see if it is at first , feasible.
    Both extensions and orangeries often require planning permission and in order to satisfy requirements, a new structure will have to be built.
    If a conservatory is within two metres of a boundary, a conservatory should not be higher than three metres. It must also not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3m if an attached house or by 4m if a detached house.
    For construction work to begin a trench will need to be excavated to a minimum depth of 600mm. A conservatory needs footings just as much as any extension does.
    Solid ground will need to found first and needs to be accepted by Building Control as being a minimum of 1 metre in standard conditions.
    Foundations will need to be dug and because conservatories are lightweight in structure, their foundation loads are usually quite low. This can often lead to the notion that shallow foundations are satisfactory however, shallow foundations are more susceptible to subsidence.

    Conservatories that are built with foundations shallower than the Building Regulations advise, are likely to encounter problems.

    Building Regulations state:

    A2. The building shall be constructed so that ground movement caused by :-
    (a) swelling, shrinkage or freezing of the subsoil; or
    (b) land-slip or subsidence (other than subsidence arising from shrinkage), in so far as the risk can be reasonably foreseen, will not impair the stability of any part of the building
    Usually, there are no planning requirements when it comes to building a conservatory to a bungalow. However, the conservatory will be subject to certain conditions so be sure to check with your local building authority or with the Government's Planning Portal to ensure your conservatory remains within these guidelines.
    When is a conservatory not a conservatory? In order for a structure to remain a permitted development (a conservatory), the build needs to comply with a number of rules. A conservatory must be ground level, must not be more than 30m2, must be thermally separated from the original building, have its own heating and have glazing in critical zones that meet Part N of the building regulations.
    An extension refers to an additional structure that is anatomically in-keeping with your main property. An extension often requires planning permission unless it is classified as permitted development and is built with opaque cavity walls and brick-based foundations. Extensions are a big home improvement and investment, needing the work of an architect.
    Conservatories or glazed extensions are perfect for those looking to add extra space on a budget. Typically, they are less of a logistical strain and in most cases do not require planning permission,
    A conservatory can be built under permitted development rights, not needing an application for planning permission. A conservatory however is subject to the limits and conditions listed here. Building a conservatory onto an extension however, will be subject to different conditions. In some cases and under the permitted development regulations, you cannot attach an extension to an already extended part of a dwelling. It has to be attached to the original walls of the dwelling house.
    Conservatories are generally much cheaper than a single-storey extension of the same size. The price difference will largely depend on size and how complex the structure is to build, as well as the quality of materials.
    A conservatory or single-story extension can be built without planning permission if: It's a maximum of 4 metres high or 3 metres high, within 2 metres of a boundary and the conservatory or extension does not cover more than half of the garden.
    From now until 2019, you can extend outwards by up to 8 metres for detached homes and 6 metres for other property types. For this, instead of applying for planning permission you will need to undergo a Neighbour Consultation Scheme.
    In most circumstances, building regulations tend to apply when you build a new extension or a very large structure to your property. However, most of the time, conservatories are exempt from building regulations when they are erected at ground level and the floor surface areas is less than 30 square metres.
    The average life expectancy of a conservatory depends on the quality of materials used as well as the installer. Generally speaking a conservatory built with uPVC window and door frames can last up to 25 - 30 years.
    It is possible to build either a conservatory or a single-storey extension without gaining planning permission if: firstly, it has a maximum height of 4 metres or 3 metres high if situated within 2 metres of an existing boundary. The conservatory itself does not exceed over half the size of the garden.
    Yes you can! Whatever the shape of your existing conservatory, you can be sure that there is a solid roof equivalent to meet your exacting requirements.
    Changing roofs from a polycarbonate to a solid roof means that building regulations will apply. Your chosen installer will be able to answer any questions you have and help with any red tape such as contacting local authorities to resolve building regulations compliance.
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