Home Builders Federation

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Home Builders Federation
Home Builders Federation logo.svg
TypeTrade association
Legal statusNon-profit company
PurposeHome building industry in the UK
HeadquartersLondon SE1
Region served
England and Wales
private sector house-builders

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is a trade association representing private sector homebuilders in England and Wales. Its members deliver around 80% of new homes built each year.[1]


The HBF can trace its roots back to 1939 and the establishment of the National Association of House Builders.[2] This became the Federation of Registered House Builders in 1946 (representing the housing element of the National Federation of Building Trades Employers, NFBTE, in whose annual reports its activities were described),[3] and the House Builders Federation in 1970.[2]

From 1997 to 2000 it was part of the NFBTE successor umbrella organisation, the Construction Confederation, but started to withdraw in 2000,[4] voting in 2001 to terminate its membership by January 2003.[5]

It changed its name to the Home Builders Federation in 2005.


HBF members include national names (e.g. Barratt Developments, Crest Nicholson) and smaller local businesses, plus Registered Social Landlords, suppliers and companies who provide professional services to the home building industry.


The HBF represents member interests on a national and regional level, addressing technical issues (e.g. regulations and standards), planning issues, and health and safety, among other areas. For example, in February 2022, it accused the UK government of not working "constructively" to resolve the post-Grenfell cladding and fire safety crisis, and of hurling "clearly not proportionate" threats against the housing industry.[6]

It also represents home building interests by attending meetings of the Strategic Forum for Construction.[7]


  1. ^ HBF company overview. Accessed 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Federations, Institutes & Associations Accessed: 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Collection: National Federation of Building Trades Employers (NFBTE), earlier the Association of Master Builders of Great Britain". Warwick University. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. ^ "House Builders' Federation set to quit Confederation". Building. No. 20. 2000. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ Clark, Phil (2001). "HBF finally pulls out of the Construction Confederation". Building. No. 27. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ Gardiner, Joey (7 February 2022). "Row erupts over £4bn cladding fund as housebuilders take legal advice". Building. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Relaunch for construction's Strategic Forum". The Construction Index. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.

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