NHBC Standards 2018

Standards 2018

The 2018 NHBC Standards will come into force for every new home registered with NHBC where foundations are begun on or after 1 January 2018.

The 2018 edition includes

  • A new clause 7.2.24 ‘Spandrel panels’
  • Chapter 6.11 ‘Render and rendering systems’, which became effective in 2017, has now been incorporated into the printed version.




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Standards 2018

NHBC Standards Plus 2018 - free for all

Standards Plus is a fully interactive digital version of the NHBC Standards that includes a range of supplementary technical information and interactive elements. Standards Plus is freely available to all - no login details required.

Use quick-launch Standards Plus to browse or use the table below to select the part of the house-building process you're interested in.


What's new in Standards 2018?

Here is an overview of the main changes, please take time to familiarise yourself with the updated technical content.

Chapter 5.4:

Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures

  • Clause 5.4.4 has been amended to clarify the frequency of borehole monitoring.

Chapter 6.1:

External masonry walls

  • Clause 6.1.6c ‘Frost attack’ has been revised to improve clarity.

Chapter 7.2:

Pitched roofs

  • Clause 7.2.24 ‘Spandrel panels’ has been introduced.

Chapter 9.1:

A consistent approach to finishes

  • A minor amendment has been made to the final bullet point of Clause 9.1.7 relating to the tolerance of tiles.

Previous versions of NHBC Standards

The NHBC Standards online archive contains issues going back to 2006. Select a specific year below:

NHBC Technical Extra

Technical Extra provides the latest advice and guidance on NHBC Standards and Building Regulations.


Technical Guidance Documents

There are 150 Technical Guidance Documents, organised by NHBC Standards chapter, to help you interpret and apply NHBC Standards.  


NHBC Risk Guides

NHBC Risk Guides cover particular parts of the construction process and are issued to our building inspectors who’ll use them as a basis for discussion with you.



We've developed two digital Apps to help you interpret the NHBC Standards

The Foundation Depth Calculator works out the correct foundation depths when building near trees to make sure you comply with Chapter 4.2. The 3D Viewer App enables you to use the 3D models that are new this year in NHBC Standards 2016.