NHBC Launches New 2021 Standards for UK Housebuilders

NHBC, the new home warranty and insurance provider, has launched the 2021 edition of its technical Standards.

The new Standards will be effective for new homes that are covered by an NHBC warranty, where foundations are begun on or after 1 January 2021.

NHBC’s dedicated standards team have spent the last year developing fresh technical content and updates to form the new Standards, working with industry stakeholders.

Roofs, Terraces and Balconies

Updates to the new version include a full review of Chapter 7.1 ‘Flat Roofs, Terraces and Balconies’, to reflect its extended scope which now includes terraces and podiums.

Other updates are to Chapter 6.1 ‘External Masonry Walls’ to reflect requirement changes; and a technical update to Chapter 10.2 ‘Drives, Paths and Landscaping’.

Richard Smith, NHBC’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research, said: “This edition is being issued during an extraordinary period where we are all facing a range of challenges caused by Covid-19.

“That said, we are confident that these updates will enhance the existing Standards, providing additional support and guidance, and will help builders and developers to deliver the highest possible new home standards for the benefit of people living in them.”

You can view and download Standards 2021 for free here.