Mobile applications

Digital technology on site and on the move

Technical apps from NHBC

We know from research with our NHBC registered builders that there is an appetite to use digital technology on site and on the move.

In particular, more accessible information and mobile apps that make use of the information contained within the NHBC Standards to help our customers interpret and apply the Standards.

With this in mind, we've launched two Apps, with a third already in development.

NHBC 3D Viewer – brings technical guidance to life

This FREE app enables you to examine and interact with (rotate, zoom and pan) 3D models from the NHBC Standards. They show critical parts of the construction on your phone or tablet (such as stepped cavity trays and parapet details), making the Standards much simpler to understand and apply.

Once downloaded, you can access all 32 3D models and the animation on your device, any time anywhere as all the content is available offline, making this an ideal tool for Site Managers and tradesmen alike.

Get the 3D Viewer App

  • To download the FREE iOS version, please go to the App Store
  • To download the FREE Android version, please go to the Google Play Store


NHBC Foundation Depth Calculator Plus

This free app helps you work out the correct foundation depths when building near trees, particularly in clay soil. It provides an effective field-based tool to help you assess tree types and the required foundation depths to comply with NHBC Standards.

The app allows for changes in ground level, the input of an unlimited number of trees and an auto climate zone depth reduction function via GPS.

How it works

The Foundation Depth Calculator Plus app has been enhanced to include new features and benefits. It is a four-in-one tool which includes:

  • An enhanced foundation depth calculator
  • A tree identification matrix
  • A distance and height measurement tool
  • A tree library with hundreds of High Definition photos.

The calculator also confirms the governing tree type and suitable heave precautions.

The tree guide features more than 400 high definition photos which show elements of a tree in winter and summer, including leaf, bark, tree shape, flower and fruit. The identification matrix allows users to input as many tree descriptors as possible and a percentage match for each tree type is output.

The distance and height measurement tool assists in estimating the distance and height of a tree with your phone when there is no adjacent benchmark.

Find out more

Get the FREE Foundation Depth Calculator now!

  • To download the FREE iOS version, please go to the App Store
  • To download the FREE Android version, please go to the Google Play Store
  • To download the Windows OS version, please go to this page


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