NHBC (National House-Building Council) is the leading warranty and insurance provider and standards setter for UK house-building for new and newly converted homes. As a non-profit distributing company, it reinvests all income in achieving its primary purpose; improving quality in housebuilding to protect homeowners.
NHBC started as the National House-Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) in 1936, created to tackle sub-standard building practices following government slum clearances. It was an important voluntary venture into self-regulation and consumer protection by the industry.
An inter-war housing boom was marred by builders who, through technical incompetence or financial pressure, skimped in the building process. Countering a drop in confidence in the industry, NHBRC aimed to increase the professionalism and care shown by housebuilders, therefore improving the finished product.
Its motto, “Cavendo tutus” – ‘be safe by taking care’ – laid down the values NHBC lives by today.