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Roll-out of NHBC foundations app continues to help reduce claims

Following the success of NHBC's first ever mobile app, the Foundation Depth Calculator, the UK's leading warranty provider and standards setter for UK house-building has now launched an Android version.

Since September more than 1,500 NHBC registered builders, developers and professional subscribers have downloaded the iOS and Windows version of the foundation depth calculator app.

It is hoped that the app, which is available free of charge to all NHBC registered builders, will assist in bringing down foundation related claims, which over the last four years have cost the industry more than £36m, approximately £9m each year.

The foundation depth calculator provides builders with an effective field-based tool to assess tree types and required NHBC Standards 4.2 foundation depths via their mobile phone or handheld device. The majority of trees in the UK have a significant radial root system, extending one to one-and-a-half times the height of the tree, meaning that the correct foundation depth is crucial.

NHBC's Technical Projects Manager Marc Separovic said: "We have been delighted with the uptake of our first ever app over the last six months and hope that the Android version will prove equally as popular. This new version will enable even more of our builders to access the app and provide them with detailed and fast technical information which will help raise house building standards and hopefully reduce costly claims and subsequent repairs."

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Media contacts at NHBC

James Hall  on 01908 746 738

News Date: 24/02/14