Welcome to NHBC Standards 2022

Welcome to NHBC Standards 2022 – this new edition will apply to every new home registered with NHBC where foundations have begun on or after 1 January 2022

At NHBC we are resolute in our purpose to build confidence in the construction quality of new homes, by keeping in step with the needs of the industry, the regulatory environment and consumer expectations.

Our dedicated Standards team have spent the past year reviewing all the technical content and working with stakeholders from across the industry to ensure it remains accurate and relevant.

Updates to the new version include 3.1 ‘concrete and its reinforcement’ specifically the values in tables 3, 4, 6 and 7 which reflect 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. Updates to 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’.

The Standards help builders and developers deliver the highest possible quality new homes while facing some emerging technical challenges and opportunities such as offsite manufacture and sustainability. Through NHBC Accepts, our comprehensive review service for innovative products and systems, we are supporting the growth of MMC, developing our Standards in line with this emerging sector while ensuring builders, investors, lenders and homeowners have the confidence that innovative construction systems have been rigorously assessed and can be used in homes covered by our Buildmark warranty.

New homes built today will be with us for generations so, as well as being high quality, safe and comfortable, they must also be sustainable. NHBC will play its full part in supporting the industry to address climate change, the environment and broader sustainability dimensions.

You may have seen the NHBC Standards survey that we first circulated in May 2021. We are taking advice and gathering feedback from users and the wider industry to help shape NHBC Standards of the future. This will improve usability and accessibility, whilst making sure the Standards are available in popular formats through suitable platforms.

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

If you have any questions regarding the new Standards, please liaise with your usual NHBC contact.

Steve Wood
Chief Executive Officer