Trade Talks

Learn about the most common
reportable items and defects found by
Inspectors and Claims Investigators 
with our one-hour Trade Talks.

Delivered by NHBC Building Inspectors, we will discuss practical guidance on how to prevent problems occurring. They can be delivered on or near your site, provided that a suitable room is available to seat the attendees, such as a large site office, canteen, nearly completed property, show house or another venue close to the site.

Who should attend

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    Carpenters

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    Bricklayers

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    Ground workers (trades/site operatives)

Benefits to you

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    Learn about what Inspectors and Claims Investigators look for

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    Improve quality of your construction

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    Feel more confident on key areas of good practice

What you’ll learn – choose from:

Carpentry and joinery

Carpentry and joinery

Joists, multi-joist fixings, timber engineered joists, joist hangers, strutting, restraint straps to floors, notching and drilling, wall plates, trussed rafter roofs, trussed rafter bracing, cold water storage platforms, ventilation/fire stopping and materials storage.

Brickwork and blockwork

Brickwork and blockwork

Substructure, cavities, wall ties, mortar, thermal insulation, openings, lintels, cavity trays, bonding, movement joints, separating walls, appearance, cold weather working and timber frame.

Foundations, ground floors and drainage

Foundations, ground floors and drainage

Building near trees, heave precautions, setting out, concreting, steps and reinforcement, ground-bearing slabs, suspended floors, radon and gas membranes, DPC, drainage (gradients, bedding and backfill, support and movement and soakaways).

Pitched roof coverings

Pitched roof coverings

Mortar, verges (wet), valleys (wet), hips (wet), ridges (wet), underlays, condensation control, roofing battens, gutter interface, setting out/fixing, minimum fixing requirements, weathering to abutments, flashing/cavity tray interface, projections/weathering, fire stopping, verges (dry), valleys (dry) and dry/ventilated ridges.

Dry lining and plastering

Dry lining and plastering

When to commence work on site, plasterboard storage, suitability for location, support, fixing, dry lining, joint alignment, reveals, cutting/fitting, detailed work, direct decoration, gap sealing, a consistent approach to finishes, quality of finish, sound insulation overview, sound insulation - within dwellings, sound insulation - between dwellings, sound insulation - Robust Details, soil pipes, protected hallways, wall linings, dry lining/fire door frame detail, protected hallway, ducting, protected hallway, services and double boarding walls/ceilings.

Timber frame

Timber frame

Platform system, material storage, DPC detail, sub-structure accuracy, sole plate packing, anchoring the frame, ground floor wall panel fixing, internal load bearing walls, wall panel head binders, maintaining verticality, intermediate floors (joists), intermediate floors (cassettes), overloading the floors, intermediate wall panel fixing, wall/roof interface, steelwork, roof trusses, spandrel panels, roof details, fire separation, fire stopping, breathable membrane, cavity barriers and increased shrinkage risk.

Prices per talk

TALK TYPE

PRICE

MAX ATTENDEES

One Talk

£275 + VAT

16

Two on the same site on the same day

£250 + VAT

16

Prices are exclusive of VAT

Contact us

For enrolments, bookings or queries, please call or email Sophie Setterfield on:

Alternatively you can write to:

NHBC Training Services, NHBC House, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK5 8FP