NHBC launches 2020 technical standards for housebuilders

The National House Building Council, a provider of warranty and insurance, has launched the 2020 edition of its technical standards.

The new standards affect foundations that begin on or after 1 January.

The main areas of focus that have seen some updates include Chapter 6.6 ‘Staircases’, which covers issues such as handrails and fixing, and Chapter 9.1, ‘A consistent approach for finishes’, which will feature guidance to help clarify the guidance and improve tolerances where appropriate.

Paul Cribbens, NHBC’s Standards and Technical Manager, said: “We continue to live through a challenging time within the house building sector, where the need to increase housing output is tempered by the on-going skills shortage.

“However, our focus remains firmly on improving quality for those people living in brand new homes across the UK, reducing construction defects, improving homeowner satisfaction and avoiding the need for costly and invasive remedial work, something which is in all our interests.”