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We are NHBC

Established in 1936, we are the UK’s leading provider of warranty and insurance for new homes

We are recognised and trusted

We are the UK’s leading independent provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. With over 80 years' experience, we are recognised by homeowners and trusted by builders and all major lenders.

Our purpose is to build confidence in the construction quality of new homes by assessing, inspecting and directly insuring new homes registered with us.

We use our unrivalled expertise, data and training services to support our registered customers to improve the construction quality of new homes and provide insurance protection for the homeowners that live in them.

Builders Warranty Info

UK’s leading home warranty and insurance provider

Our 10-year Buildmark policy covers c.75-80 % of new homes built in the UK, currently protecting around 1.5 million homes. Over the course of our history, we have provided warranty for approximately 30% of the total existing housing stock in the country.

Buildmark provides protection for consumers from exchange of contracts through to the end of the 10th year following legal completion by the first owner of the home.

Independent, non-profit distributing

Independent, non-profit distributing

We are a company limited by guarantee, with no shareholders. We are independent of government and the construction industry.

Any profits that we generate are reinvested in the business to support our core purpose: to build confidence in the construction quality of new homes.

Active in research and development, including our pioneering NHBC Foundation, we also work with key stakeholders and government to contribute to all aspects of the housing agenda.

Setting the standards for new home construction

Setting the standards

To sell homes covered by Buildmark, our registered builders and developers must comply with the requirements set out in the NHBC Standards.

The NHBC Standards define the technical requirements and performance standards for the design and construction of new homes to be covered by Buildmark and provide guidance on how these can be achieved.

We regularly review and update the NHBC Standards. A full electronic version, with additional explanatory notes, videos and 3D models is always available on this website.

Setting the standards for new home construction
Support for construction excellence

Support for construction excellence

Our dedicated team of highly experienced surveyors, building inspectors and engineers provide unrivalled technical support and guidance at every stage of the new-build process, from land-buying, design and build through to customer handover.

Our building inspectors carry out more than one million on-site inspections at key build stages each year, supporting the industry in the delivery of high quality, new homes. We have a range of construction quality services too, all designed to provide data, feedback and guidance on quality issues.

Many of our registered customers also choose to work with us for Building Control, as well as services such as health and safety consultancy, energy rating and land quality endorsement.