NHBC Technical Standards now live

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The latest edition of NHBC’s technical Standards have come into effect. The new Standards are applicable for every new home covered by an NHBC warranty, where foundations are begun on or after 1 January 2022.

NHBC’s dedicated Standards team have spent last year reviewing all the technical content of the Standards and working with stakeholders from across the industry to ensure they remain accurate and relevant.

Updates to the new version include Chapter 3.1 ‘Concrete and its reinforcement’ reflecting industry guidance on concrete mix proportions by volume, minimum specifications for general purpose concrete mixes and aggressive chemical environment for concrete, as well as a site and design guide for concrete elements in the ground.

There are also updates to Chapters 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 ‘Walls - external masonry, timber frame and internal’ to reflect requirement changes and a minor technical amend to 9.2 and 9.3 – ‘Floor, ceiling and wall finishes’. NHBC’s Standards and Policy Manager Mark Russell said:

“We hope that the industry will find our new Standards a useful reference point as we all strive to deliver safe, high-quality new homes for the generations of people that will live in them. 

“There are several changes highlighted in the Standards this year which will ensure they remain as relevant and accurate as ever.”

NHBC Standards 2022

Find out more about the new NHBC Standards 2022 as well as information on the current NHBC Standards.

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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.