NHBC Standards

Your essential guide to house-building from foundations to roofs and finishing

Standards 2020

NHBC Standards

The 2020 NHBC Standards came into force for every new home registered with NHBC where foundations are begun on or after 1 January 2020. You can view our online version of this edition below.

The 2020 edition includes:

  • Updated Chapter 6.6 ‘Staircases’- this chapter has been fully updated to make it clearer and align with industry guidance
  • Revised Chapter 9.1 ‘A consistent approach to finishes’ – includes new guidance, as well as a review of the existing tolerances to ensure they are appropriate and meet the reasonable expectations of homeowners.

NHBC Standards Plus 2020

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.

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The changes to NHBC Standards 2020 are covered in this webinar from January 2020.

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NHBC Standards for conversions and renovations

There are separate Standards for conversions and renovation projects.

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Standards 2019

Previous versions of NHBC Standards

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

Tech Extra

NHBC Technical Extra

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

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Technical Guidance Documents

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

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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.

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