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Proposals that could bring an end to poorly-built and badly-insulated ...
Proposals that could bring an end to poorly-built and badly-insulated

conservatories and curb the activities of the companies who build

them were published by the government today.

Many conservatories, porches, covered ways, covered yards and

carports have been exempt from Building Regulations since 1985. The

consultation will ask the public and the industry whether the

exemptions should remain - or be removed.

By bringing them under regulatory control, the government aims to

ensure that investing in home improvements like conservatories can be

done with confidence, and the knowledge they are designed and

constructed in accordance with Building Regulations. The proposals

do not affect current planning procedures.

Local government minister Alan Whitehead said:

'This is a welcome and timely consultation on whether certain classes

of structure should continue to be exempt from Building Regulations.

Bringing conservatories within the Building Regulations would mean

better conservatories, less heat loss and putting cowboy builders of

conservatories out in the cold.

'Investing in home extensions, like conservatories and porches, can

be an expensive and regrettable experience, and many individuals have

suffered at the hands of the unscrupulous builder. Often the problem

does not come to light until the property is up for sale. These

proposals aim to ensure that this experience becomes a thing of the



The Building Regulations 2000: Proposals for amending Schedule 2 -

Exempt Buildings and Work - Class VII - with reference to

Conservatories, Porches, Covered Ways, Covered Yards and Carports is

available on the DTLR website.

Paper copies of the conservatories consultation package can be

obtained from: DTLR Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West

Yorkshire, LS23 7NB; Tel: 0870 1226236; Fax: 0870 1226237; Textphone:

0870 1207405; e-mail: The product code is


Since 1985 the extension of a building by the addition of a

conservatory, porch, covered way, covered yard or carport at ground

level with a floor area that does not exceed 30m2 has been exempt

from the Building Regulations.

The only condition is that for conservatories and porches, if

appropriate, the glazing must satisfy the requirements of Approved

Document Part N of the Building Regulations.

The review will be carried out in two stages. The first stage will

consult the public as to whether the current exemptions for such

structures should be revised. If this demonstrates a preference for

revising the current Class VII exemptions, then a second review will

follow to address the technical issues. This will include possible

revised floor area thresholds for any exemptions that should be


Responses are requested by 29 March 2002 and should be sent to Freda

Ducker, Zone 3 / E2 at the above address (fax: 020 7944 5739 or 5719,


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