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NHBC Released New Technical Guidelines

NHBC has released new technical guidelines regarding best practice for the application of render. This guidance was given as part of the publication of the NHBC Standards 2017. These Standards came in to force at the start of this year. As part of Chapter 6.11 of the NHBC publication the

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NHBC Launches Health and Safety Awards 2017

NHBC has launched its Health and Safety Awards 2017 with house builders throughout the UK being encouraged to enter. The NHBC Health and Safety Awards are now in their eighth year and are the only competition exclusively for house builders. The awards honour house builders who have shown outstanding dedication

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NHBC Rewards Top Site Managers at Awards Ceremony

Almost 250 leading figures in the Welsh house building industry gathered at NHBC’s 36th Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremony in Cardiff City Hall on Friday, September 2. Regional award winners John Greggain from L Greggain & Co Ltd (small category), Dale Dickenson from Llanmoor Homes (medium category) and

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NHBC Honours Trio From Worchestershire With Pride in the Job Awards

Three site managers working on sites in Worchestershire have been honoured with the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) hotly-contested Pride in the Job awards. Andy Tromans, a site manager for the Midlands arm of Taylor Wimpey was credited for his management of The Hopyards, a site in Martley. Another Andy

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

NHBC

NHBC Released New Technical Guidelines

NHBC has released new technical guidelines regarding best practice for the application of render. This guidance was given as part of the publication of the NHBC Standards 2017. These Standards came in to force at the start of this year. As part of Chapter 6.11 of the NHBC publication the ‘Render’ section is thought to become a key element of NHBC’s on-going campaign reduce the number of reported defects on external walls. Due to the nature of the product. Render can be exposed to varying degrees of weather types and severities. This means that after a relatively short period of time the durability of the product will be tested. Therefore, the National House Building Council is thought to have provided technical guidance for the rendering of a house that will help towards reducing the damage inflicted by the weather. In order to explain the reasons behind creating this new chapter, Paul Cribbens the NHBC Standards Manager suggests that it is important to make sure that the rendering of a property is done properly because any shortcuts and poor design can become apparent very quickly. Whereas if the rendering was properly considered and carried out, there would be a reduction in the level of damage. In order to reduce the chances of preventable damage, the chapter in NHBC Standards 2017 includes some specific guidance to support the building designer. Pieces of the new guidance includes movement joints should be continuous through the render and the background in order to make sure the building is made weather tight with the appropriate seal. It Standards also state that joints should be positioned so that they do not pass through rigid wall components like lintels or bed joint reinforcement. Other pieces of guidance include making sure that the accommodation of the movement to the rendered parts of the home is considered at the design stage.

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Small Companies Put off From House Building Because of the Number of Delays and Costs

Small companies are being put off from house building because of the number of delays and rising costs. But small companies avoiding this sector means that the attempts to meet the housing demand in Britain is being slowed. Research has been carried out by NHBC Foundation which suggests that some smaller builders are having to go through what is described as “deeply frustrating” delays on house building projects. The research uncovered that some builders are waiting more than a year just on local authority planning approval. These types of delays aren’t really sustainable for some small companies, so it could be easier to not venture in to that sector in future. The research has also revealed that almost 80% of small builders were having to contend with a significant increase in the fees that are related to planning over the course of the last two years. The NHBC Foundation has published their data in a report in which the experiences of nearly 500 small companies that are usually involved in the construction of less than 10 homes each year. This report emphasizes that the number of small companies that are involved in house building is still declining. The data showed that 12% of the market share are small companies in 2015. In 2008, the figures stood higher at 28% of the market share. The Government made a pledge earlier this year that there would be radical and lasting reforms to tackle Britain’s housing shortage. These reforms include speeding up the planning system and making it more accessible as well as increasing the level of support for smaller and more innovative companies. The research that has been produced by the NHBC is important for highlighting the problems faced in the production of houses. Although the planning process is necessary to make sure that houses are built in a considerate and safe way, however the increasing cost and complexity of a vital process means that companies are steering clear of the market.

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NHBC Launches Health and Safety Awards 2017

NHBC has launched its Health and Safety Awards 2017 with house builders throughout the UK being encouraged to enter. The NHBC Health and Safety Awards are now in their eighth year and are the only competition exclusively for house builders. The awards honour house builders who have shown outstanding dedication to health, safety and welfare and help to raise standards by demonstrating and sharing best practice. Overall, more than 450 winning sites have been put through the robust judging process since the competition began with more than 4000 judging visits completed. Some of the important attributes that judges look for during visits to sites are: an infrastructure that supports the site manager in Health and Safety matters, a well-trained site manager and effective planning for Health and Safety before a project commences. NHBC Health and Safety Operations Manager, Tom Kitchen, looked ahead to next year’s awards by saying: “Since 2009, NHBC’s Health and Safety Awards have been rewarding the very best health and safety practices across the UK house-building industry. “Success in these awards offers site managers and their companies the chance of national recognition as well as the opportunity to share best practice amongst peers and colleagues. We look forward to receiving plenty of entries from builders of all sizes over the coming months.” In spring next year, the top scoring sites will be recognised with a Commended award and these winners will then compete for Highly Commended, National Runners Up and National Winners’ awards to be announced at a ceremony in summer 2017. All NHBC registered builders who are actively involved in the building of new homes will be able to enter the awards. NHBC is the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. Our purpose is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide protection for homebuyers in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance.

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NHBC Rewards Top Site Managers at Awards Ceremony

Almost 250 leading figures in the Welsh house building industry gathered at NHBC’s 36th Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremony in Cardiff City Hall on Friday, September 2. Regional award winners John Greggain from L Greggain & Co Ltd (small category), Dale Dickenson from Llanmoor Homes (medium category) and Steve Northam from Taylor Wimpey South Wales (large category), were chosen from over 16,000 UK site managers, and recognised at the ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall. Another eight sites were awarded Seals of Excellence, while the Regional award winners will now go on to compete for the Supreme Awards to be announced next January. These awards are known as the ‘Oscars of the House Building Industry’ and to win an award is an exceptional achievement. For 36 years, NHBC has rewarded the UK’s best site managers in delivering the high quality of homes that the country needs. NHBC is the leading new home warranty provider in the UK and the group’s Regional Director, Paul Edwards, congratulated them on their win. Edwards commented: “Pride in the Job is now firmly established as a significant proof of distinction for the best site managers in the UK. The fact that winners are automatically entered into the competition based on the results of their work onsite is a huge endorsement for all winners. “It’s been a tough year of judging starting way back in July 2015 and it’s a long hard road to win a Pride in the Job Award. The Awards recognise site managers who know how to go one stage better, whose hard work ensures we live in high quality homes and rewards dedication and expertise.” He added that last year NHBS registered almost 4,700 new homes in Wales and site managers played a crucial role in the delivery of these homes.

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NHBC Honours Trio From Worchestershire With Pride in the Job Awards

Three site managers working on sites in Worchestershire have been honoured with the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) hotly-contested Pride in the Job awards. Andy Tromans, a site manager for the Midlands arm of Taylor Wimpey was credited for his management of The Hopyards, a site in Martley. Another Andy – this time Andy Addis, a site manager for Lioncourt Homes Ltd – won a Pride in the Job award for his role on the Saxon Meadow site, Kempsey. Finally, one of Persimmon Homes South Midlands’ site managers, Jamie Duggan bagged his award for his management of a Pershore site, Wyre Meadows. The three men join NHBC’s Hall and Fame and stand alongside nearly 450 others from across the UK acknowledged by the association as exemplary. The Pride in the Job award has been running for 36 years and aims to celebrate and commemorate the hard work put in by site managers and, furthermore, the valid contribution they make when it comes to building homes in an effective, efficient and high quality manner. Winners have undergone spot checks to ascertain the quality of their day-to-day site management and, similarly, each site is itself assessed under 37 different, site management-specific criteria, including: technical knowledge, quality control, building consistency, and health and safety. Paul Edwards, Regional Director at the NHBC, congratulated the trio, saying they should be commended for their efforts and positive contribution to the local community. He added that the three men should be taken as a benchmark from which others can learn and that the role of the Pride in the Job awards is very much to highlight and inspire best practice. Of course, with exceptional site management comes the construction of exceptional homes; Paul Edwards also highlighted the benefit of the Pride in the Job awards for customers. According the data gathered by the NHBC, people buying homes at Pride in the Job winning sites tend to express higher levels of customer satisfaction that those buying elsewhere, he pointed out. All 400+ Quality Award winners will be shortlisted for the NHBC’s Seals of Excellence awards and various regional titles as part of the association’s year-long judging process. Eventual winners will be revealed in the autumn with regional winners going forward to the Pride in the Job final in London in the new year.

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