Homebond first produced its House Building Manual in 1993. The bestselling publication, considered the housebuilder’s bible, is a standard reference book on construction sites and design offices and is used in many third-level construction-related courses. Now it is available as part of a new Homebond Buildsmart app.
The increasing complexity of building regulations, construction products regulations and the Building Control (Amendment) regulations make it critical for all in the residential construction sector to have an in-depth understanding of the relevant legislation and practical compliance requirements. The 8th edition of the manual containing more than 1,000 drawings and charts, and colour photographs from foundation to completion, has been updated to reflect recent revisions to the building regulations, building control regulations, construction products regulations, European and Irish standards, and construction industry guidance, including changes and updates to Technical Guidance Documents A-M and, in particular, Part D Materials & Workmanship, Part B Fire Safety and Part L Conservation of Fuel & Energy and Mechanical & Electrical Services.
A replica PDF of the print edition of the manual is now accessible as an eManual across desktop, mobile and tablet devices or within the new Homebond “Buildsmart” native mobile app on iOS and Android platforms.
Buildsmart contains additional enhancements to increase reader engagement and a modern user experience, including article view, image galleries and videos, and readers can browse through the eManual via several navigation options, and it can be viewed in single page or double page mode.
Other features include BuildSmart FAQs, ProductCheck, Technical Extra, 3D Viewer and access to the most recent issues of Irish Construction News.
Conor Taaffe, Managing Director, Homebond, comments: “The launch of the new Buildsmart app is a great addition to our service offering. It ensures that subscribers have the latest guidance and information on their mobile devices, and we are delighted with how the app has been received by our customers.”
HomeBond has been the leading provider of structural defect cover for new homes in the Republic of Ireland since 1978. To date, more than 600,000 homes have been registered with HomeBond.