We have noticed that many consumers are searching our blog looking for information on skylights, and if they need a FENSA certificate when replacing one, or having one added to their home.
Essentially a skylight is a double glazing window, and comes within the remit of FENSA if you are replacing an existing skylight. If it is a new opening, then your skylight installation will need to go through Building Control (this doesn’t come under FENSA’s remit).
Replacing a skylight
If you are replacing your skylight windows, you will still need to comply with Building Regulations and current thermal performance standards. The fact is skylights are just another window in our home.
Just like any normal window, when coming to sell your property, you will need to provide evidence that your new replacement skylight complies with the building regulations. The easiest way to prove that your skylight complies with the regulations is to have them fitted by a FENSA registered installer, who can certify the work and have a FENSA certificate issued to you.
By installing a new skylight, you are changing the thermal performance of that room and you must still comply with building regulations. However, a new skylight does not come under FENSA’s remit and will need to go through building control.
So good luck if you are planning any new skylights in your house or replacing any existing ones. I am sure they will look great – maybe upload some pictures of the finished windows to our Facebook
page www.facebook.com/fensafitters. If you have any other questions about building regulations relating to skylights, then please do ask them below and we will do our best to help.