Trade Talks

Learn about the most common reportable items and defects found by Inspectors and Claims Investigators with our one-hour Trade Talks.

Delivered by NHBC Building Inspectors, we will discuss practical guidance on how to prevent problems occurring. They can be delivered on or near your site, provided that a suitable room is available to seat the attendees, such as a large site office, canteen, nearly completed property, show house or another venue close to the site.

In collaboration with the Home Building Skills Partnership, CITB and ABC, NHBC is pleased to announce further dates and locations for the fully funded Brickwork Masterclasses. At no cost to your business, these talks are fully funded for Brickwork trades that work within a home-building company or within their sub-contract supply chain. Look out for the HBSP logo below for the funded masterclass.

For more information, call 01908 746380.

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Brickwork and blockwork

Looking in depth at Standards chapter 6.1, 6.2 and 6.8, this practical talk will highlight how to deliver quality brickwork first time, every time. Areas covered include bonding; cavity work; cavity trays; movement joints; insulation; and fire safety. This talk is suitable for bricklayers, brickwork foremen and site management. Those who attend will learn about the most common issues found on-site by NHBC.

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Brickwork Masterclass

Brickwork Masterclasses, a Home Building Skills Partnership initiative delivered by NHBC in partnership with the Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) and funded by CITB, are designed to deliver practical skills and knowledge on the most common brickwork issues found by our inspection teams. Your bricklayers will leave the course feeling more confident in key areas of good practice.

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Carpentry and joinery

With a focus on NHBC Standards chapters 6.4 and 7.2, delegates will finish this course with a greater appreciation of the quality NHBC Inspectors expect to see on site. This talk will cover upper floor joists; wall plates; trussed rafters; and fire safety. It is aimed at carpenters/joiners, carpentry foremen and site management, and will help those listening to avoid unnecessary rework.

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Dry-lining and plastering

Concentrating on the requirements of Standards chapters 9.1 and 9.2, our Inspectors will talk through the most common issues found on site and what you can do to prevent them occurring. Content covered will include plaster boarding; wet plastering; dry lining; sound insulation; and fire safety. The 60-minute talk is suitable for dry-liners/plasterers, dry-lining/plasterer foremen, and site management.

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Foundations, ground floors and drainage

Standards chapters 4 and 5 will be the focus of this key talk to ensure your trades are fully aware of our Inspectors expectations out on site. Topics covered include trench and strip foundations; steps in foundations; raft, pile and beam; reinforcement in foundations; and ground bearing and suspended floors. This talk is suitable for groundworkers, groundworks foremen and site management.

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Pitched roof coverings

Covering the requirements in Standards chapter 7.2, this talk will address the most common concerns found during this inspection stage. This talk will cover underlay and battens; fire stopping; weathering and flashings; fixing of slates and tiles; and wet and dry verges and valleys. It is aimed at roofers, roofing foremen and site management.

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Timber frame

This course is designed to help trades understand the most common timber frame issues NHBC finds on site. It will mainly focus on NHBC Standards chapter 6.2. Areas covered include fitting of sole plate; anchoring the frame; panel fixing; fire stopping; internal floors; and vapour control layers. The talk is aimed at timber frame erectors, timber frame foremen and site management.

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