Purpose, governance and scope



The NHBC Foundation was established in 2006. Its purpose is to deliver high-quality research and practical guidance to help the house-building industry address the considerable challenges of delivering 21st Century new homes. The Foundation’s authoritative research publications (reports and guides) have grown over the years into a major resource for practitioners and decision makers across the industry.

The NHBC Foundation’s work has focused primarily on the sustainability agenda, risk management and the consumer. In addition to these areas the Foundation has more recently been giving priority to research on housing supply and work that leads to improved technical guidance for designers and house builders (see Research topics listed on this page).

The NHBC Foundation is also involved in a programme of positive engagement with Government, development agencies, academics and other key stakeholders, focusing on current and pressing issues relevant to the industry.



The NHBC Foundation’s research programme is steered by an Expert Panel of senior representatives from all sectors of the house-building industry, government and academia. An internal management team deals with the practical delivery of the research programme and its outputs.

How research topics are selected

How research topics are selected

New research ideas and proposals are evaluated regularly by the NHBC Foundation Management Team. Priority is given to projects which align with our topics and objectives, and which have maximum potential benefits for the industry. See Research for more details of the project selection process and how you can contribute research ideas.

How projects are funded

How projects are funded

NHBC Foundation research is funded by the NHBC. A non-profit distributing company, NHBC is able to to re-invest any surplus for the benefit of homeowners and the home-building industry. NHBC’s investment in NHBC Foundation research is one example of its standards-raising activity.

Research outputs – publications

Research outputs – publications

Research reports and publications are all available free for online download. Hardcopy versions of most titles are available on request from info@nhbcfoundation.org.

We welcome feedback on all published reports to info@nhbcfoundation.org.

Research topics

To date the NHBC Foundation research programme has addressed the following priority areas:

  • Low Carbon Homes

    Low Carbon Homes

    Research to help the house-building industry deliver to the Government’s low carbon agenda

  • The Consumer

    The Consumer

    Research to understand how consumers interact with their homes and to encourage effective operation of homes and incorporated technologies

  • Risk Management

    Risk Management

    Research that helps minimise risks for housebuilders and consumers

  • Housing Supply

    Housing Supply

    Research to shed light on issues that impact on the supply of new homes

  • Technical Guidance

    Technical Guidance

    Research that leads to improved technical advice for designers and housebuilders