The 2013 Standards will be distributed free of charge in hard copy to NHBC Registered builders who are actively building in early December.
Registered builders who are about to start building but have not yet registered the site are instructed to contact NHBC for a copy.
Main changes since the last edition in January 2011 include the revised Chapter 7.2 ‘Pitched roofs’, which became effective on 1 January 2012 and has now been incorporated into the standards.
More recently, following feedback from industry, guidance in this chapter pertaining to tiles and slates at the verge has been further amended.
Chapters 6.7 ‘Doors, windows and glazing’ and 6.9 ‘Curtain walling and cladding’ contain updated guidance on the use of multiple door and window frame assemblies that are either contained within one storey or span more than one storey.
There have also been a number of major technical updates since 2011, many of which have been detailed in NHBC’s Technical Extra publications.
In addition to the normal book and CD format NHBC will also make the 2013 edition available online as digital catalogue like an electronic book.
NHBC head of standards & technical Graham Perrior said: “This new way of accessing the Standards will make it easier to ensure that builders are up to date with all the latest technical guidance and will make it quicker to access relevant technical advice on new home construction.”