NHBC Standards 2020

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

Standards 2020

NHBC Standards 2020

The NHBC Standards for 2020 will come into force for every new home registered with NHBC where foundations were begun on or after 1 January 2020.

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.

SEE ALL THE CHANGES IN STANDARDS 2020

What’s new in Standards 2020?

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

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 a review of the tolerances to ensure they are appropriate and meet the reasonable expectations of homeowners.

Minor technical changes:

The following minor technical changes have been made to Standards 2020:

6.9 Curtain walling and cladding

Clause 6.9.19 Insulated render and brick slip cladding. The 2nd bullet point has been changed from ventilated to vented

7.2 Pitched roofs

Clause 7.2.8 Restraint. Clarification of the fixing requirements for lateral restraint straps, including the separation of guidance for proprietary straps from traditional straps.

8.1 Internal service

Clause 8.1.6 Soil and waste systems. Clarification that both encasement and insulation warp should be used.

9.2 Wall and ceiling finishes

Table 5 edge support for plasterboard. Clarification on where perimeter noggings are needed.

9.4 Finishings and fitments

Clause 9.4.3 General provisions – cupboards and fitments. Guidance provided on the fitting of kitchen units.

We have taken the opportunity to make editorial changes throughout the document.