NHBC Standards 2011

1.2 A consistent approach to finishes


This Chapter gives guidance on the suitability of the finishes in new homes.


This Chapter is intended to apply at the time the home is substantially complete ready for NHBC pre-handover inspection. It will be used by NHBC both during the construction process and when conducting Resolutions under Section 2 of the Buildmark insurance cover.

The Chapter should also be considered in conjunction with relevant performance standards and guidance contained elsewhere in the NHBC Standards. Additional information is also contained in the NHBC publication 'Guide to your new home' relating generally to normal household maintenance.

Some elements may be subject to the effects of normal thermal or drying movement and this may occur both before and after completion. A commentary has been added to a number of clauses to provide background information.

Many sources of information relating to tolerances and finishes have been reviewed in the preparation of this Chapter. The tolerances and finishes given here are considered to be appropriate for the house-building industry and take precedence over other recommendations.

This Chapter is not intended to deal with every situation that may arise and discretion should be exercised in its application in specific circumstances. The nature and extent of work necessary to remedy minor variations from the tolerances and finishes given should be proportionate and appropriate to the circumstances.