NHBC is the UK's leading standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. Our role is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide consumer protection for homebuyers.
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Established in 1936, NHBC is the home warranty provider of choice, currently insuring over 1.6m homes, with a market share of approximately 80%. Over the course of our history, we have provided warranty for around 30% of the total existing housing stock in the UK, which equates to over 7 million homes.
Independent, non-profit distributing
With no shareholders, we are able to invest in our purpose of raising standards to improve the quality of UK house-building. As an authority on the housing industry, active in research and development, we work with government and stakeholders to help shape housing policy.
Setting the standards for new home construction
To sell homes with NHBC Buildmark cover, our registered builders must comply with the NHBC Standards which set out the technical requirements for design, materials and workmanship in new home construction.
Technical support and guidance
We provide our registered builders and developers with technical support and assistance to help at every stage of new home construction to provide guidance on Standards, regulations, research and other technical issues.
Supporting the industry with research and guidance
Our independence means we are uniquely placed to work with government, academics and other key stakeholders.
Established in 2006, the NHBC Foundation provides high quality research and practical guidance to support the house-building industry as it addresses the challenges of delivering 21st century new homes. The Foundation's authoritative research publications have grown over the years into a major resource for practitioners and decision makers across the industry.
It is also involved in a programme of positive engagement with Government, academics and other key stakeholders, focussing on current and pressing issues relevant to house building.
Zero Carbon Hub
The Zero Carbon Hub was established as a public/private body in 2008 to help translate the then Government's 2016 zero carbon target for new homes into practicable regulation, and to remove the barriers to its implementation. NHBC provided core funding and support.
Following the decision by the Government not to pursue the zero carbon target at this time, the Hub ceased operations on 31 March 2016. Its website contains all the work carried out in the past 8 years and remains available.