Monday, August 1, 2011

How is the Association different from NHBRC?

A question we frequently get asked is how does Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal differ from the NHBRC?

This is the explanation as provided, on

The Master Builders Association is a voluntary organisation which building and related contractors can join as members. These members have access to a range of services (such as Health and Safety, Training, Legal and compliance support) which are designed to support them to run professional businesses in the building and construction industry. Members have to adhere to a code of conduct and are expected to undertake their work ethically, safely, professionally and in line with the appropriate levels of good workmanship.

By contrast, the NHBRC is a statutory body which requires home builders, by law, to register if they build homes for consumers. All homes to be built are enrolled and the NHBRC utilises inspectors to ensure that the homes are being built in accordance with a Home Builders Manual which is designed to ensure that that the finished home will be structurally sound. If there is structural failure, the NHBRC will attempt to have the structure repaired by the home builder. If this doesn’t happen, a warranty may apply in certain limited circumstances, which is supposed to protect the consumer.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager


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