Established in 1936, we are the UK’s leading provider of warranty and insurance for new homes
Our 10-year Buildmark policy covers c.75-80 % of new homes built in the UK, currently protecting around 1.5 million homes. Over the course of our history, we have provided warranty for approximately 30% of the total existing housing stock in the country.
Buildmark provides protection for consumers from exchange of contracts through to the end of the 10th year following legal completion by the first owner of the home.
We are a company limited by guarantee, with no shareholders. We are independent of government and the construction industry.
Any profits that we generate are reinvested in the business to support our core purpose: to build confidence in the construction quality of new homes.
Active in research and development, including our pioneering NHBC Foundation, we also work with key stakeholders and government to contribute to all aspects of the housing agenda.
To sell homes covered by Buildmark, our registered builders and developers must comply with the requirements set out in the NHBC Standards.
The NHBC Standards define the technical requirements and performance standards for the design and construction of new homes to be covered by Buildmark and provide guidance on how these can be achieved.
We regularly review and update the NHBC Standards. A full electronic version, with additional explanatory notes, videos and 3D models is always available on this website.
Our dedicated team of highly experienced surveyors, building inspectors and engineers provide unrivalled technical support and guidance at every stage of the new-build process, from land-buying, design and build through to customer handover.
Our building inspectors carry out more than one million on-site inspections at key build stages each year, supporting the industry in the delivery of high quality, new homes. We have a range of construction quality services too, all designed to provide data, feedback and guidance on quality issues.
Many of our registered customers also choose to work with us for Building Control, as well as services such as health and safety consultancy, energy rating and land quality endorsement.