As an indication of its long-term commitment to research into housing, the NHBC has almost trebled its funding for the Foundation from £180,000 to £500,000.
Since it was established in 2006, the NHBC Foundation has provided high quality research and guidance on subjects to help the industry meet its challenges and to protect house buyers.
The organisation’s work has focused primarily on the sustainability agenda and the challenges presented by the government’s 2016 zero carbon homes target. Some of its most important work has included research into indoor air quality which has led to new industry standards for mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.
It has also produced a series of practical guides to help the industry understand changes to government policy and regulations of particular benefit to the many SMEs working in the house building sector.
NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “The NHBC Foundation is entering an exciting new era. With a new expert panel guiding our research activity and secured long-term funding, the Foundation can now further support the industry and consumers through its groundbreaking research projects.
“I have been particularly impressed by the important work the Foundation has carried out into real issues facing the industry and homeowners such as overheating in new homes and indoor air quality.”
He said the Foundation would step up its research and guidance and work with the industry for the benefit of new homeowners.