BM TRADA has awarded the first certificate under its newly launched Q-Mark Conservatory Installation Scheme to R&M Windows & Conservatories of Bracknell, Berkshire.
The recently launched scheme aims to improve the quality and consistency of installed conservatories and orangeries, which currently have no regulations that need to be met in the majority of cases.
The certificate allows installers to demonstrate their competency and provide customers with the confidence that their conservatory will be installed in a controlled and professional manner.
The Q-Mark Conservatory Installation Schemes requires installers to have processes in place to ensure that their conservatories are built consistently to an appropriate standard.
In many cases, work on conservatories is not covered by Building Regulations, meaning there is no external approval is necessary for the work undertake. However, the scheme sets out a range of specific technical requirements for the specification of the conservatory.
This is designed to ensure that the finished product is both useable and durable, and means that wherever possible, the conservatory follows Building Regulation guidance.
The Q-Mark Conservatory Installation Scheme was developed following extensive consultation with manufacturers, system suppliers, installers, building control bodies and other relevant bodies within the industry.
It covers conservatory installation from the foundations upwards, differentiating a quality installer from the rest of the market, taking into account ground works, walling products and the roof as a complete structure.
The scheme also covers new build installation, replacement and refurbished products manufactured from PVC-U, timber, aluminium, steel and composite.
The scheme requires installers to have processes in place for the initial sale, purchasing of competent, survey of the site and installation.
It also sets out technically specifications for features such as the footings, damp proof membranes, glass specification and insulation – ensuring that problems such as damp, loss of heat and subsidence do not occur.
By joining the scheme, installers can prove that their products are designed as a complete solution that will maximise the product’s service life and provide peace of mind to the homeowner.
BM TRADA Business Development Manager Simon Beer commented that he was pleased to award the initial certificate to R&M Windows & Conservatories, saying: “As more installers join, we hope it will drive improvement in the quality and consistency of installed conservatories and provide a clear distinction between those that have been installed by third party certified installers and the rest of the market.”
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