Build-Zone Technical Manual for Developers and Builders

The Build-Zone Technical Manual has been prepared in order to assist Developers and Builders in reaching the required standard, and is a benchmark of the quality of build we expect from all Developers, Builders or their Sub Contractors.

Technical Manual for Developers and Builders

In addition to complying with the requirements of the relevant Building Regulations and other relevant Regulations and Codes of Practice, all new and converted structures benefitting from any Build-Zone Warranty must meet the standards required by Build-Zone for the issue of a Structural Warranty.

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Features of the Completed Housing Warranty from Build Zone

The Build-Zone Completed Housing Structural Warranty has been designed to provide cover to those with a financial interest in a property that was originally built or converted without the benefit of a warranty.

Completed Housing Warranty


Features of the Completed Housing Warranty:

  • No membership fees
  • Can be arranged by either the vendor or purchaser of the property.
  • Cover is provided for the balance of the 10-year period from completion of the build
  • Fast turnaround from survey to inception of cover
  • The policy is fully assignable and automatically provides cover for successors in title

The product is underwritten by an ‘A’ rated global Insurer & each case is subject to full technical review by Build-Zone Survey Services Limited with the aim of minimising any defects right from the design stage.

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What Does the Build-Zone Basic Warranty Cover?

The Build-Zone Basic Warranty covers New Builds, Conversions, Renovations and Extensions and protects the policyholder against claims for loss or damage caused by Major Structural Damage, Defective Weatherproofing and defective drains.

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Features of our Basic Warranty:

  • No Membership or Registration Fees
  • We can consider covering part-completed or completed projects
  • Fast quotation turnaround
  • Flexible payment method
  • Cover for 10 years from Completion
  • No Defects Period, full risk transfer for the duration of the policy
  • Cover for Alternative Accommodation, Additional Costs, Removal of Debris and Professional Fees included as standard.
  • Cover available for mixed-use developments.
  • No project is too large or too small
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Planning: demolish and rebuild

Demolishing and rebuilding an existing house is a great way to create a self-build project, especially in the countryside where good plots are scarce. But the economics of demolition and rebuild can be unattractive, unless you can build a much larger house than the one you’re demolishing. But with planning policies often placing tight restrictions on the size of replacements, what can be done to maximise on the opportunities that are out there?

Planning: demolish and rebuild


Whether you’re building in an urban area or out in the countryside, planning policies should generally allow you to replace one house with another. You can sweep up both planning permission to demolish (which is needed for houses) and permission for the new house in one application. Don’t think about demolishing first, then applying to rebuild because (especially in the countryside) the existing house is the only reason you can build a new one. Lose this and you could lose the right to rebuild.

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Surveys: Assessing Plots and Property

Searching for a spot to create your dream home is an emotional journey but it’s vital that you fully assess a plot or existing building before you sign on the dotted line. Read on to find out more about assessing plots and property.

Surveys: Assessing Plots & Property

Whether you’re keen to build a new house on bare land or would like to convert or renovate an existing structure before you press ahead with a project you’ll need to ensure its fit for purpose – and that you can realise your scheme within budget.

Various checks and surveys can help you establish the viability of a building project. You can undertake some of these yourself, while others are more formal surveys and reports that go alongside planning applications and will require professional input.

The latter can add considerable costs to your budget and may have implications for your build schedule. It’s therefore essential to know what’s involved in some of the more common surveys and how they might affect your ambitions for your dream home before you get started.

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