Green campaigner lectures GMB viewers on damage of conservatories - while ...

Green campaigner lectures GMB viewers on damage of conservatories - while ...
Green campaigner lectures GMB viewers on damage of conservatories - while ...

A green campaigner has called for conservatories to be banned - while sitting in her own one.

Angela Terry said Britons need to dump the glass houses because they 'act like a furnace' for the rest of the home.

The environmental scientist claimed the move was about 'having a no regret' policy and protecting the planet.

But she appeared to exclude herself from the rules as she brazenly spoke from her conservatory in Somerset.

GMB presenter Susanna Reid pointed out the hypocrisy asking why she can have one but 'nobody else is allowed one from now on'.

Ms Terry suggested because her house came with one she was exempt from new legislation. 

Angela Terry said Britons need to dump the glass houses because they 'act like a furnace' for the rest of the home

Angela Terry said Britons need to dump the glass houses because they 'act like a furnace' for the rest of the home

Conservatories can overheat as they trap the sun during the country's increasingly warm summers.

Regulations are being brought in that could make the additions far rarer in new-build houses.

From June, any conservatory intended as part of a new development will need to show it will not create 'unwanted solar gain'.

Ms Terry, whose company One Home works with the media on climate issues, told GMB: 'It's all about how the world is warming.

'So our planet is getting hotter and hotter and hotter as global warming takes hold. What we saw in 2019 was temperatures reaching 39C.

'By 2050, which is only 30 years away, every other summer will be as hot as that summer.

'So we're looking at heatwaves and unbearable heat becoming regular. And what conservatories do is they concentrate that heat and act like a furnace for the rest of your house basically.

'So they build up heat all throughout the day so it just makes staying cool in your home much much harder.

'So that's the real problem when we talk about future proofing. Because if a developer is building a house today and putting a conservatory up, you'll assume that house will be around in 30 years.

'So it's about having a no regret policy. So once they're up we know people don't want to take them down, which is fine... obviously I'm in my conservatory here.

'When we bought the house it was here, so we're trying to keep people safe ultimately.'

The environmental scientist claimed the move was about 'having a no regret' policy and protecting the planet

The environmental scientist claimed the move was about 'having a no regret' policy and protecting the planet

Is the Great British conservatory under threat?

Climate change looks set to claim an unexpected new victim – Britain's conservatories. They may be a sought-after addition to many middle-class homes but the sun traps can overheat in our increasingly warm summers.

As a result, regulations are being brought in that could make conservatories far rarer in new-build houses. From June, any conservatory intended as part of a new development will need to show it will not create 'unwanted solar gain'.

The change is part of a raft of measures aimed at future-proofing homes against summers where temperatures are predicted to reach 40C (104F). Though well above what is currently experienced in Britain, such highs would cause conservatories to become unbearably hot, often increasing the temperature uncomfortably indoors too.

The new rules, which also aim to

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