Certification in the modern construction world is extremely important to BW Social Affordable Housing and the company conforms to all building regulations, health and safety law and NHBC compliance. This ensures all construction is to the highest of standards in line with customer expectations and important elements include: Considerate Constructors, ISO9001, ISO14001, Safe-T-Cert and NHBC.

Considerate Constructors
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image – click here for the direct link.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. For more information on the Code, please click here.

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

All BW sites are registered with Considerate Constructors and BW strive to get top marks in the Scheme’s core values which consist of, “Care about Appearance”, “Respect the Community”, “Protect the Environment”, “Secure Everyone’s Safety” and “Value the Workforce.’’ BW has embraced its core values to achieve best practice and to improve the image of all its sites, the company and the industry.

ISO 9001
ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS) – click here for the direct link.

Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organisations can certify.


ISO 14001
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements – click here for the direct link.

Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management, ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that organizations can certify to. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organizational goals.


Safe-T-Cert is a third party accredited health and safety scheme developed jointly by the Construction Employers Federation in Belfast and the Construction Industry Federation in Dublin.

It was developed from the 18001/2 documentation but enhanced specifically for the construction industry. It is based on ‘best practice’ requirements for international and national bodies, including ILO guidelines.

Safe-T-Cert is recognised under the ‘Buildsafe’ initiative in Northern Ireland and the ‘Construction Safety Partnership’ in the Republic of Ireland.  Safe-T-Cert is also a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).


NHBC is the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for UK house-building for new homes. As a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, our stated purpose is to give homeowners confidence in the quality of new homes – click here for the direct link.

NHBC provides inspection services, guidance and training to builders. NHBC engage with the industry, the Government and key stakeholders, contributing to all aspects of the housing agenda. NHBC provide protection for homeowners through the range of Buildmark warranty products.

NHBC is an insurer, authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.