Last edited 15 Feb 2019

NHBC technical standards 2014

See: For more recent information, see: NHBC Standards 2019

[edit] Introduction

The National House Building Council (NHBC) is an independent regulator for the new homes industry. It is the UK’s leading standard-setting body and provider of insurance and warranties for newly-built homes. It is also the largest single approved inspector for the building regulations.

NHBC standards set technical requirements, performance standards and guidance for the design and construction of houses that are acceptable to the NHBC. They are available to download online, along with guidance notes, videos and other supplementary material for each section.

The 2014 standards are applicable to every NHBC registered home with foundations that was started on, or after the 1 January 2014, but before 1 January 2016. For homes started on or after 1 January 2016, see the NHBC technical standards 2016.

The 2014 standards are split into 10 parts with each one covering a particular aspect:

Part 1: General information:

  • 1.1 Introduction to Standards and Technical Requirements.
  • 1.2 A consistent approach to finishes.
  • 1.3 No longer allocated.
  • 1.4 Cold weather working.

Part 2: Materials:

Part 3: Ancillary technologies:

Part 4: Foundations:

Part 5: Substructure and ground floors:

Part 6: Superstructure (excluding roofs):

Part 7: Roofs:

Part 8: Services and internal finishing:

Part 9: External works

Part 10: No longer allocated.

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