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New Technical Manual - Version 13

We are pleased to announce a brand new version of the Premier Guarantee Technical Manual is now live (with effect from 18th April 2020).

So what’s new?

It’s an exciting new format with new guidance and images as well as containing familiar guidance brought over from the previous manual.

Version 13 of the Technical Manual has been assembled in a more logical format consisting of 'building parts' sections instead of the old chapter style and provides more annotated diagrams to assist with the understanding of how to meet our structural warranty requirements.

Each ‘Building part’ section allows you to find all the relevant guidance in one area rather than in several  chapters. For example: Within ‘External walls’, you can choose which type of wall construction is relevant to your project and then be provided with the appropriate guidance from the top of the foundations up to roof connections.

We have also moved all our common Functional Requirements that apply across ‘all sections’ to be located in one area at the front of the manual to avoid any repetition. The exception to this is when we have specific ‘additional’ Functional Requirements that are just relevant to that particular build part section e.g. Foundations, where there is a ‘Workmanship’ Functional Requirement which states: ‘Foundations should be of a suitable depth in order to achieve a satisfactory level of performance.’

The main changes compared to version 12 can be found at the start of the Manual after the introduction. The contents page that follows, shows the new format in more detail and navigate to the start of the section you wish to see quickly.

The new Manual is still a substantial document, however we pride our self on offering flexible solutions with the new version of the manual providing more guidance than before, whilst allowing other forms of construction to be considered, providing of course that early discussion with our surveyors is undertaken.

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of our technical manual.