NHBC Standards

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

NHBC Standards

The NHBC Standards define the Technical Requirements and performance standards for the design and construction of new homes registered with us and provide guidance on how these can be achieved.

Our dedicated Standards team is continually working to develop technical content and updates to the Standards, working with stakeholders from across the industry.  This means that the Standards are always relevant, providing additional support and guidance to help builders and developers deliver the highest possible new home standard for the benefit of people living in them.

The latest edition of the NHBC Standards is the 2021 edition which comes into force for new homes registered with NHBC where the foundations are started on or after 1 January 20201. You can view this edition here, where you’ll also find a wide range of supplementary guidance to help you interpret and apply the Standards.

Conversions and renovations – there are separate Standards for these types of project. Please contact our Standards team here.

Previous versions of NHBC Standards

The NHBC Standards online archive contains issues going back to 2010. You can view them all below.

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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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