National House Building Council NHBC
The National House Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) was established in 1936. It was originally created to tackle poor building practices during the inter-war years in the belief that an increase in professionalism and care amongst home builders would lead to an improved built product. It was a voluntary venture into self-regulation, with a motto ‘Cavendo tutus’ - ‘be safe by taking care’.
NHBC invests in raising standards and activities to advance the quality of UK house building. It aims to help the housebuilding industry construct high quality new homes that meet the requirements and expectations of modern day homebuyers. It is now 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 have a number of roles and responsibilities working with the house-building industry:
- Registering house builders.
- Setting and raising standards for construction.
- Inspecting homes independently during construction and after completion.
- Promoting best practice.
- Providing cover for new and newly-converted homes.
- Providing research, analysis, feedback and practical guidance.
- Protecting consumers through the Buildmark warranty.
The NHBC business strategy sets out four main pillars:
- Customer – researching the industry to provide homeowners with better access to information to help manage their homes. Understanding consumer needs to develop products that better meet these needs.
- Financial – ensuring the capital position is be sufficient to support the organisations objectives.
- Reputation – working closely with the government to help shape the future of the house building industry.
- Standards – NHBC technical standards set technical requirements, performance standards and guidance for the design and construction of houses that are acceptable to the NHBC. They are supported by guidance notes, videos and other supplementary material for each section.
A board of directors runs the NHBC on a day-to-day basis. They are accountable to a council of members consisting of groups who have an interest in improving UK house building. Representatives can include architects, consumer groups, house builders, law societies, mortgage lenders, surveyors and so on.
The council commissions research and works with the government and key stakeholders in order to help shape housing policy.
In February 2017, The National House Building Council (NHBC) launched an online MMC hub to help inform house-builders about modern methods of construction. Standards manager Paul Cribbens said; “We hope that the new hub will act as the leading resource for manufacturers wanting to apply for a review, with details of the building systems currently accepted together with the very latest research.”
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Approved inspector.
- Building regulations.
- Buy-to-let mortgage.
- Chartered Institute of Housing.
- Construction industry institutes and associations.
- Council of Mortgage Lenders.
- Defective premises - liability and measure of damages.
- Defective Premises Act.
- Home Quality Mark.
- NHBC technical standards 2014.
- NHBC technical standards 2016.
- Performance gap.
- What is a mortgage?
Featured articles and news
An Arc de Triomphe for the late-20th century, the La Grande Arche of Paris.
Richard Hayward of Legrand asks whether technology could help developers meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Thomas Heatherwick's ambitious steel structure begins construction.
The principles, practice and formwork of one of the most important components of modern architecture.
New report claims that inappropriate standards and regulations are holding back the use of composites.
The global smart homes and smart light commercial market will grow fastest in the UK.
Have a look at our article explaining the different types of construction contractor.
Futurist Thomas Frey explores the concept of Disposable Housing - could it be a reality sooner than we imagine?
ICE to host new exhibition offering a window onto the civil engineering achievements beneath our feet.
Do you know all the various types of defects in brickwork?
US museum reveals plans for an installation made entirely of paper tubes.
Review of a book looking at how contemporary architecture found its expression within neoliberal capitalism.
The Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud-brick building in the world.
Amanda Clack, RICS President offers recommendations to government on Brexit and the construction skills shortage.