NHBC who we are and what we do

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NHBC who we are and what we do

by on Tuesday 21 October, 2014 in New Homes


Raising the standard of new build homes is at the core of everything we do. When you buy a new property with an NHBC 10 year Buildmark warranty, you can be reassured that it’s been built by one of our registered builders, to our detailed quality standards.

In the beginning…

We began as the National House Builders Registration Council in 1936 to tackle the sub-standard building practices seen in the inter-war years. Our aim was simple – to increase the professionalism and care shown by house builders, therefore improving the finished home for the homeowner.

Independent standards-setter

Now, we are known simply as ‘NHBC’. We are a non-profit distributing organisation (though not a charity), independent of Government and house builders. We are widely recognised around the world as the UK’s leading independent standards setter for house building. We are also an insurance company authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority to provide insurance.

The standard of house building in the UK has never been higher than it is today. For eight decades we have been at the heart of improving house building standards and have been helping builders and developers deliver millions of homes to millions of home buyers like you. Alongside our standards and technical advice, our 10 year Buildmark warranty and insurance covers 80% of all new homes built in the UK each year.

NHBC registered builders

Our registered builders take pride in their work and follow high industry technical standards in house building set by us. Only builders and developers who can demonstrate financial security and technical competence are allowed to join our register.

Did you know?

Each new home that is sold with NHBC Buildmark cover is checked by one of our technical experts at key stages during the build, from foundations to final completion. So even before you are handed the keys, we will have done our best to make sure your home has been built to a high standard and ready for you to move into.

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