Our policy work

The Technical Department at HBF makes representations, responds to consultations and keeps members informed of news or changes to Building Regulations, highways, sewers, utilities, waste management and health and safety.

HBF seeks to influence all emerging national planning policy. It represents member company views on both formal consultations and at the many government and third party steering groups and working parties to which HBF contributes.

HBF members are committed to ensuring that all aspects of Health and Safety are a priority not only on all their sites but in their offices as well.

Health and safety data is collected from all volunteer member organisations in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive’s Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) procedure to ensure accurate statistics. The data is collected each year from 1st April to 31st March.

The Consumer Code for Homebuilders is an industry led code of conduct for builders, which was developed to make the home buying process fairer and more transparent for purchasers.

The CML Disclosure of Incentives Form (DIF) must be completed by home builders for all new home sales involving a mortgage. The DIF was first introduced on 1st September 2008. A revised DIF (Version 2) was introduced on 1st October 2011.

The Home Building Skills Partnership (HBSP) aims to develop, grow and sustain a programme to provide the workforce the industry requires to deliver the further increases in housing supply the country desperately needs.