New technical guidance for NHBC Standards launched

15 May 2020

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NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, has launched a new series of five Technical Guidance updates for the NHBC Standards to help keep the industry informed of the latest developments.

NHBC’s dedicated Standards and Technical teams have issued the new guidance providing updates and advice on a range of topics, including:

  • Water-proofing admixtures for concrete in below ground structures
  • Lateral restraint at rafter and ceiling levels at wall steps and staggers
  • Perimeter support to plasterboard ceilings clarification
  • Reclaimed roof tiles and slates
  • Proprietary retaining wall systems

Commenting on the new guidance, NHBC’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research Richard Smith said: “These new updates will provide informative advice to help the sector apply and interpret specific and crucial parts of the NHBC Standards.

“We hope that the industry will find them a useful addition to our current range of products, training and technical information – particularly at this challenging time.”

The 2020 NHBC Standards came into effect for every new home registered with NHBC where foundations began on or after 1 January 2020.

Please visit to access the latest guidance along with a raft of other technical and standards advice.

Technical disclaimer

Any technical information contained on this website is produced by NHBC as guidance solely for all our builder customers as to how to interpret the technical requirements in relation to the warranty cover provided by NHBC under its Buildmark, Buildmark Choice, Buildmark Link, Buildmark Solo, Buildmark Connect or any similar product from time to time. It has not been created or intended for distribution or use outside of that purpose. The technical information contained on this web page does not constitute advice and is not to be relied upon by any third party. Nothing on this web page is intended to, nor should it be taken to, create any legal or contractual relationship. Any third party who chooses to rely upon the information contained on this web page shall do so entirely at their own risk and NHBC accepts no duty of care or liability, however caused, in connection with its use or reliance by any third party.