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zednine

New Member
I think your 90% is wrong!
It would appear that Redrow do have a problem on several of their sites though, if this forum and my forum is anything to go by.
The NHBC inspectors should be checking this and not "finalling" any new homes with DPC less than 150mm above finished ground level.
I would agree that house builders, their site managers, the trades they employ and to an extent the NHBC site inspectors don't care.



wrong in what way, are you saying 99% ;)
 

thesitemanager

New Member
You should ask to see the site visit reports made out by the NHBC. This will show as to whether it was spotted during the "stage inspections" carried out by the NHBC and as to whether it was signed off by the Site Manager. If it was not spotted by the NHBC you may have an issue, and if it was spotted, and signed off as being rectified and is still a problem then Redrow have a problem.
 

NewHomeExpert

Well-Known Member
A too low DPC is still a problem for Redrow even if the NHBC didn't spot it or if he did the site manager signed it off without sorting it out.
Wrong is wrong and the standards and regulations are there for a reason.
 

Wtkbri

New Member
A too low DPC is still a problem for Redrow even if the NHBC didn't spot it or if he did the site manager signed it off without sorting it out.
Wrong is wrong and the standards and regulations are there for a reason.
We have a similar problem and been I discussions with the builder for 10 months the builder offered to correct but my neighbour has refused any work by lowering his private drive, so the builder has suggested a second DPC! should I accept this? NHBC state this is an acceptable solution? How safe is this will it affect resale? Thanks
 

Wtkbri

New Member
Hi,
I am looking for some advice regarding Building Regulations for DPC's. I've recently purchased a new Redrow home, It has been brought to my attention by a friend who works in construction that the DPC on one side of the property does not comply with Building Regs. The wall runs parallel to the driveway, which in-turn runs upwards from the front of the property. It also slopes towards the house. The DPC at the front-side is two bricks higher than the driveway. However, as the drive rises as it runs back towards the garage, the DPC gap gradually reduces to less than half of one brick by the time it reaches the back of the property. I have spoken to the site manager about my concerns, and he has assured me that this is not an issue as the drive runs to the front of the property, and therefore any water will naturally run from the back to the front. However, I've also noticed, due to the slope towards the house that any water completely bypasses the aco drain at the front of the drive and instead runs onto the front path, and then onto the road. The site manager also states that if it did not comply with regulations, it would have been identified by the NHBC inspection prior to certification. This is contradictory to what I have since read whilst researching the subject. I have contacted my local Councils Building Regs department, but they have declined to comment, or offer any advice as the HNBC are responsible for Building regs on the development. I have contacted the NHBC, and still waiting for a reply.
If indeed it is clear cut that they have breached building regs, what can Redrow do to correct this issue?
Any advice would be gratefully.

Thanks
I have the same issue NHBC STATE it's the responsibly of the builder to comply! They didn't even check mine they stated the the builders have an obligation to comply with the standard set at the initial check. My issue is the drive next to my house is my neighbour who refused the builder to work on their drive now that they own it! So I am going litigation
 
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