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We know that you want to build high quality developments and our expertise in surveying, construction methods and claims means we can help you to do this.

The LABC Warranty Technical Manual has been produced to assist developers and contractors to meet our technical requirements. The Technical Manual is clearly divided into chapters, each containing guidance on how to meet the requirements. Download the latest technical manual for free or download each of our easy to use checklists below to help you with your project.

Our Foundation Depth Calculator is another easy to use tool designed to enable the user to easily determine the exact foundation depth required when building near trees.

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Foundation Depth Calculator

Check out our Foundation Depth Calculator to easily determine the exact foundation depth required when building near trees.

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LABC Warranty Technical Manual

Version 9 of the LABC Warranty Technical Manual is applicable to applicable sites registered after 18th April 2020

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External wall fire safety for relevant tall buildings

Access our External Wall Fire Safety for Relevant Buildings: Elements Resource Tool

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Level Threshold Checklist

Download our checklist on Level Thresholds to help you comply with the requirements for Building Regulations and LABC Warranty's Technical Manual.

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Our Guide to Laying Bricks and Blocks

Check out our Brick Layers Guide to help you build walls made to last that comply with Building Regulations and LABC Warranty's Technical Manual.

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New Home Warranty Buyer Checklist

Download our New Home Warranty Buyer checklist to help you choose the cover that is right for your development.

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Planning Process Flowchart

Download our Planning Process Flowchart which aims to help you successfully navigate through the planning process.

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Technical Newsletters

Download our latest technical newsletter update and get access to past copies too.

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Canopy Roofs Checklist

Discover when flashing and canopy trays are required, and the reasons why they are required with our easy to follow checklist on Canopy Roofs.

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Acceptable Tolerances in Brickwork for warranty cover

Section 1 of our Technical Manual summarises the LABC Warranty technical guidance on acceptable tolerances in brickwork. Download the chapter here.

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Tolerances in Internal Walls, Ceilings, Junctions and Floors

With the help of visuals and diagrams, learn more about the acceptable tolerances for key components to the interior structure of your construction.

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Guide to installing windows and glazing in high-risk areas

Extra care needs to be taken when installing glazing in higher-risk areas. Identifying those areas and taking measures to prevent injury are key.

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Our Comprehensive Structural Guide to Building on Filled Ground

Download our Guide to Building on Filled Ground where we outline good practice in relation to building on fill which is acceptable to LABC Warranty.

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Our Good Practice Structural Guide When Building Near Mining

Download our Mining Guide for guidance on the requirements when building over, or in the vicinity of mine-workings, entries and features.

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Our Good Practice Guide to Piling

Find out about the structural design and installation of piled foundations with our Good Practice Guide to Piling.

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Our Guide to Raft Foundations

Learn about what LABC Warranty recognise as good practice in relation to the design and construction of Raft Foundations

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Refurbishments & Alterations to Existing Structures Guide

Download our Refurbishments Guide for guidance on how to stay warranty compliant when completing refurbs or alterations to existing structures.

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Our Guide to Solution Features in Soluble Rocks

Find out what we consider good practice in relation to the design of foundations in soluble rocks with our Solution Features in Soluble Rocks Guide.

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Our Structural Calculations Guide

Read our guide to understand the recognised good practice in relation to the content and provision of structural calculations when requested.

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Our Guidance on Vibro Stone Columns

Download our guide on Vibro Stone Columns and their associated foundations, and learn the recognised good practice for design and installation.

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Cavity barriers in external walls

The issue of fire in buildings is a complex one and this document discusses only the use of cavity barriers in external walls.

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Tech Update: Render on Substrates

This Resource Hub article provides additional guidance on the use of rendering on different substrates.

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Tech Update: Lift Pit Tanking Details

This guidance provides a solution for the structural waterproofing of lift pits, on sites where there are no other structural waterproofing requiremen…

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Tech Update: Podium Decks Guidance

Technical guidance for the design, use of materials and workmanship for podium decks to meet the functional requirements for warranty.

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Tech Update: Painting Over Intumescent Strips

This Technical Update article provides additional guidance on painting over intumescent strips.

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Technical Manual Section 1: Tolerances

Section 1 of our technical manual summarises the LABC Warranty technical guidance on acceptable tolerances in brickwork.

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Technical Manual Section 2: Basements

Section 2 of our technical manual considers construction below ground floor level: basements. Find details on waterproofing systems and drainage.

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Technical Manual Section 3: Foundations

In Section 3 of our technical manual we provide technical guidance on different types of foundations and consider sites with trees and clay.

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Technical Manual Section 4: Ground Floors

Ground floor structures such as suspended beam and block and concrete floors are covered in Section 4 of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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Technical Manual Section 5: Drainage

Download Section 5 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on foul drainage and storm drainage.

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Technical Manual Section 6: External Walls

Download and view Section 6 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on external wall construction.

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Technical Manual Section 7: Internal Walls

Internal walls made of masonry, timber and metal stud are covered in detail in Section 7 of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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Technical Manual Section 8: Windows and doors

Download Section 8 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for warranty requirements and technical guidance on windows and doors.

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Technical Manual Section 9: Stairs

In section 9 of the LABC Warranty technical manual you will find our warranty requirements and technical guidance for timber stairs.

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Technical Manual Section 10: Upper Floors

Download and view Section 10 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on upper floor construction elements.

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Technical Manual Section 11: Roofs

Section 11 of our technical manual covers pitched, flat and green roofs, concrete, slate and plain titles, and metal deck roofing.

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Technical Manual Section 12: Balconies and Terraces

Balconies and terraces are the building parts covered in Section 12 of the LABC Warranty technical manual, available to download here.

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Technical Manual Section 13: Chimneys and Flues

Section 13 of our technical manual provides technical guidance on masonry chimneys and gas flues.

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Technical Manual Section 14: Driveways and Paving

Download and view Section 14 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on the construction of driveways and paving.

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Technical Manual Section 15: Heating Services

Heating services including gas boilers are covered in Section 15 of the LABC Warranty technical manual, available to download here.

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Technical Manual Section 16: Ventilation

Section 16 of our technical manual covers ventilation including extract fans, passive stack, continuous mechanical extract and continuous mechanical s…

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Technical Manual Section 17: Electrical Services

Download and view Section 17 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on mains electrical services.

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Technical Manual Section 18: Water Services

Water services, cold water supply to plumbing, boilers and appliances is covered by Section 18 of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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Technical Manual Section 19: Outbuildings

In section 19 of the LABC Warranty technical manual you will find our warranty requirements and technical guidance for outbuildings.

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Technical Manual Section 20: Ground Conditions

Download Section 20 of the LABC Warranty technical manual for technical guidance on assessing and working with ground conditions.

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Technical Manual Appendix A: Finishes

In Appendix A of the LABC Warranty technical manual we provide technical guidance on finishes, including plasterboard and ceramic tiling.

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Technical Manual Appendix B: Coastal Locations

In Appendix B of the LABC Warranty technical manual we consider warranty requirements for building in coastal locations.

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Technical Manual Appendix C: Materials and MMC

In Appendix C of the technical manual we cover materials handling and storage and considers modern methods of construction approaches.

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Technical Manual Appendix D: Conversions and Refurbishments

In Appendix D of our technical manual we provide guidance on how to meet our warranty requirements when converting or refurbishing existing buildings

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Acceptable Floor Levels in MMC

Are you using modern methods of construction to build new homes? Check out our guidance on acceptable floor levels for MMC builds.

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Our Guide to Structural Lintels and Bearings

In this practical guide we have outlined technical pointers to ensure your build doesn’t suffer from defects caused by failing lintels and bearings.

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8 Handy Hints for Installing Horizontal DPC

Check out our 8 handy tips to help you get horizontal damp proof course right, first time.

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Tech Update: Mock Tudor Cladding

Mock Tudor cladding is an attractive option for homes, but needs great care in its construction. In this blog we explain the pitfalls to be aware of.

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Guidance for Magnesium Oxide Boards (MgO)

Find out more about our updated position on the acceptability of MgO boards for use in conjunction with LABC Warranty projects.

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Accounting for Movement in Concrete Bricks

How do you account for movement in concrete bricks? This article provides comprehensive answers.

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Building Control and Structural Warranty inspections

Homes with LABC Warranty cover benefit from two expert pairs of eyes – Building Control and Warranty Surveyors. But how are the two different?

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Guidance on Insulating Timber-Frame Buidlings

In this article we consider the installation of insulation in timber-frame structures with external brick cladding

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Generating Power at Home

One great way to make new homes more energy efficient is for them to generate their own energy. But what are the requirements for gaining a warranty?

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Positioning of Electrical Sockets and Switches?

Where should you position electrical sockets and switches? Read here for our warranty requirements.

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Getting Staircases Right in Single Homes

In this article we cover what you need to consider when installing stairs and staircases in private homes to ensure you get your warranty certificate

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Guide to Our Risk Management Site Inspections

Want to find out what are we looking for on site? Check out this blog where we guide you through our risk management site inspections

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Lightweight Bricks Slip "Sip" Composite Lintels

Find out more about our updated position on the use of lightweight bricks slip "sip" composite lintels

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Tech update: Laminated Glass

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using laminated glass? Read our Tech Update to understand more.

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Single glazed windows in conversion schemes

This technical update provides guidance on risk managing single glazed windows in conversions schemes.

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TRADA Span Tables

This technical update provides additional guidance on the TRADA span tables.

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