Recognised UK Trade associations:
If you are considering having a new conservatory to extend your home, then it will be in your interests to make sure you use registered Conservatory or Orangery Installers – that way, even when trying to find Low Priced Orangeries, you can expect a decent level of workmanship with guarantees.
CERTASS: Certification & Self-Assessment.
A Competent Person scheme that allows self-certification for Building Regulations. Members have been reviewed financially & technically. Work is inspected annually.
FENSA: Fenestration Self-Assessment.
A Competent Person scheme that allows self-certification for Building Regulations. Members have been reviewed financially & technically. FENSA refuse membership to contractors that can’t meet assessments. Falsely claims of FENSA registration are reported to Trading Standards.
GGF: Glass & Glazing Federation.
The GGF set up FENSA and is the industry authority for within the industry for those who produce, install or supply glass and glazing products in the UK. They operate a code of good practice & are vetted regularly.
DGCOS: Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme.
DGCOS is a consumer protection organisation set up to offer consumers services such as Deposit protection, Insurance backed guarantees, an advice line & access to a compensation fund.
There are a number of other trade associations that promote, endorse or certify standards of workmanship or product in the UK market, and in general, the more associations installers are accredited with, the more it would be likely that the installer is keen to demonstrate good levels of current & ongoing competency and trustworthiness.