K2 gets Zesty

K2 is putting the zing back into its product offering with its new range of Orangery roof systems.

Orangeries have become the new up and coming product to have, a house extension with style, an ideal option to the more difficult house move, and a much better alternative over the standard conservatory for those looking to add value to their home.

So if you want to take advantage of this new wave of enquiries but have not yet found the system that best suits your needs, find out more about the K2 systems and make your own mind up.

The Orangery systems – a zesty mix

Made up of 3 different systems aimed at various budgets you will be able to fulfil any orangery enquiry that comes your way.

  • Capella: our entry level option, the Capella system is a straight forward add-on kit that fits on a standard K2 conservatory. It is made up of a high, sculpted, powder coated aluminium gutter that gives a striking and more substantial look to the finished product by concealing the end of the roof bars. On the inside an engineered bracket extends the eaves beam to form an internal soffit. This will allow the homeowner to integrate down lights or even speakers.

  • Integra: our mid-level system, it is designed to fit inside a parapet, for the traditional look that comes with a fully brick built orangery. It is the perfect choice for older properties that wish to retain a classic style. It comes in 2 options:
    • The Integra features the full 400mm wide aluminium gutter, and gives an impressive 580mm deep internal soffit
    • The Integra 210, which uses our existing 210 box gutter and the Capella’s internal soffit. The Integral 210 will allow you to offer this unique style but on a more competitive budget.
  • The Venetian: is our top of the range solution. A self-supported system complete with 400mm wide aluminium gutter and structural legs, it allows complete design freedom for the frames / wall area, even permitting the roof to be built and installed first. The internal soffit is a massive 630mm deep.

Both the Integra and the Venetian options come in complete kits, cut to size, pre-drilled, with insulation and plasterboards; they use warm roof construction and achieve a U-value of 0.20 (0.18 when required)

And of course K2 will be providing you with onsite support when installing the Integra and the Venetian (contact us for full details), while the Capella is accompanied by a detailed installation guide and the usual technical support line

So the next time you receive an enquiry for an orangery you will be able to address it with confidence, thanks to the range of “zingy” solutions at hand that will answer most requirements and budgets.

All 3 systems have generated a huge level of enquiries.

The very first Capella installation was at the Window Centre (Solihull) and several have followed suit throughout the country, with more to come. We are glad to report that the interest shown in this refreshingly innovative product is such that our customers have sold the kit without even having seen it for themselves. This is exactly what happened to Ian Sutherland of Ribble Roofs; and enquiries are coming in, with two of his customers waiting for showroom installations of the Capella.

The Orangery Collection has also opened some new doors for K2, one example being Hometec (trading name of Calminster), in Leigh on Sea, Essex. They have already installed a Venetian at their prestigious new showroom, complete with Bi-folding doors. They are planning for the Integra and the Capella to follow.

Grahman Minns, owner of GRM Windows, was equally impressed when he installed his first Venetian. “It went together really easily, which was both impressive, and a relief. The installation has attracted a lot of interest, and I have to use it as a showcase, even for other installers. And all the neighbours want one! The homeowners are so pleased with the whole thing that they don’t mind this minimum disruption. There is still a little landscaping to be done, so there is no real disturbance caused”.

All in all, the whole range is proving a massive hit. The open days allowed us to fully demonstrate the systems to our customers, and the reaction was extremely positive. We are inviting those that could not come along to arrange for a visit so that they too can see for themselves.

K2 Photo Challenge

You all know how important good photography is when selling Conservatories, the right image of the right product can make or break a sale. If you have installed a K2 system that you think is of exceptional quality or unusual design, we’d love to see pictures, and we’re willing to bribe you!

Submit a set of photos (according to the guidlines listed further down) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you could win one of these prizes!

N.B. This competition is opened to K2 trade customers only.

  • FIRST PRIZE
  • A night for two, with meals, at a 5 Star hotel (www.hotelduvin.com)

  • SECOND PRIZE
  • A3 Designer framed print of one of your images

  • THIRD PRIZE
  • A bottle of champagne

The photo set must...

  • be of non-standard installations (i.e. orangery, colour, bespoke shape)
  • NOT feature people or have any owners personal pictures on display
  • include 2 different external views, and 1 internal view (of the same installation!)
  • be at least 3600x2400 pixels in size, and of high quality (not over-compressed, blurry etc)
  • be entirely owned by you or your company (i.e. you took the photos, they were not supplied by the owner)
  • be supplied on the understanding that you grant K2 fully open licence to use and distribute the images

An example of what we are NOT looking for...


An example of what we ARE looking for...

Terms & conditions: By submitting your images, you grant K2 open licence to use and distribute all images as they see fit for perpetuity. Please ensure you have full copyright/ownership of images prior to submission. Winners will be informed by email by 31st August 2011, and K2’s decision is final. Hotel prize is a voucher valid for 12 months. The 2nd prize designer print will be of a style of K2’s choosing. Entries can be submitted any time up to 31st July 2011, entries received after this date will still be bound by these terms & conditions, but will not be eligible for a prize. In the unlikely event no submitted entries meet the criteria, K2 reserve the right to not award prizes.

K2 Open Day building confidence

K2 Conservatories are pleased to announce that the open days that were organised to mark the construction of their new showroom and formally launch the new orangery roof systems, were a storming success.

K2 Showroom

Over two separate days they welcomed nearly 120 customers, who came from all over the UK.

Sharon Owen, K2 Sales Director, commented:” The feedback has been extremely positive. The new showroom showcases our proven portal capabilities and our top of the range Celsius Elite glass. The event itself also allowed us to formally introduce the full range of orangery roof systems, which was extremely well received”.

Full size samples of all three of the orangery systems were built.

Our range is made up of:

• The Capella: an orangery starter package consisting of an add-on solution of an aluminium gutter and internal soffit;

• The Integra: to be fitted on a parapet wall, it is available in 2 options, one featuring the full 400mm wide aluminium gutter, and the Integra 210, which uses our existing 210 box gutter and the Capella’s internal soffit.

• The Venetian, a self-supported system complete with 400mm wide aluminium gutter and structural legs, for the top of the range orangery designs.

K2 Open Day

In addition to thee new products much interest was generated by the Building Regulations’s energy efficiency requirements presentation given by Tim Burton from K2 Architecturals. With all the recent changes to legislation, and because orangeries are becoming more popular, the interest in understanding what it all means has become greater.

Particularly the focus was on clarifying the exemptions.

Building Regulations Doc L Oct 2010 – what does it all mean to conservatory and orangery installations?

Below is the overview - as explained by Tim Burton - of the changes. It is based on the approved Document L1B and L2B and a letter dated 28th September 2010, from the Department of Communities and Local Government. (The information below does not apply to Scotland or Ireland)

Dept of Communities letter - Sub Paragraph C24 – Conservatories

“Building control bodies will wish to note that the exemption from the energy efficiency requirements for conservatories and porches has been clarified”

This means that a conservatory will be exempt from the energy efficiency requirements only where:

• It is at ground level

• It does not exceed 30m2 in floor area

• The walls, windows and doors separating the conservatory or porch from the building to which it is attached have not been removed, or if removed, have been replaced by a wall window or door which meets the current requirements for energy efficiency for walls, windows and doors;

and

• The fixed heating system of the building to which the conservatory or porch is attached has not been extended into the conservatory or porch.

Sub Paragraph C25

“Where a conservatory or porch does not meet all of the above conditions it is not exempt and Approved Documents L1B and L2B give guidance on what would be reasonable in meeting the energy efficiency provisions from non-exempt conservatories and porches” “Building Control Bodies will want to note that the definition of conservatory in terms of percentage translucent material as set out in previous editions of the Approved Documents no longer applies”

So if the conservatory / orangery does not meet the exemptions for size, heating or location level then you will need to meet certain criteria, which are as follows:

Building area U values (Wm2k)
Walls 0.28
Floors 0.22
Windows 1.60 (combined) or C rated
Flat roof 0.18
Glazed roof 1.60 (combined)

The K2 roof can achieve a combined U-value of 1.6, using:

• Either PVC-u or aluminium roof system (U-value 3.1)

• Celsius one glazing (centre pane U-value 1.0)

• Slope Factor adjustment as laid out in BRE doc BR443 (<20° U-value 0.4)

For our Integra and Venetian orangery roof systems the standard insulation is 0.20, If you put in an additional quilt in the void this can easily reach 0.18 Therefore ALL K2 conservatory roof and orangery products when glazed with either Celsius one or Celsius Elite can meet the “energy efficiency provisions from non-exempt conservatories and porches”

Other regulations may have to be taken into account such as “Document A Structure”.

A final note was made concerning the removal of doors or walls between the house and the extension.

If this is going to happen you will need to commission a full Carbon Emissions (SAP) report for the existing house, plus a “Notional” complying extension.

You will then do a Carbon Emissions (SAP) report for the existing house and plus the conservatory.

The CO rating for the conservatory and house must be equal to or less than that of the “notional extension” and house. (This information is advisory, please seek the advice of a specialist. For further information please go to www.planningportal.gov.uk)

K2 would like to thank all of the people who attended to the Open Days.