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Many of our NBA members choose to aspire to a Gold Certificate, which recognises that crime prevention measures are not only built into the physical security of buildings but also into the surrounding layout and landscaping too. This is where we use such techniques as maximising natural surveillance, creating defensible space and limiting excessive through movement to keep people safe. However, the Gold Award can only be made after consultation with the local police force in the area where the building is taking place.

How it works

Box 1 Administration

We carry out the administration
SBD will check that basic levels of security are being incorporated into properties and ensure companies in the supply chain are providing products, like doors and windows, that meet our standards.

Box 2 Time

Saves time and money
By removing a significant administrative burden from our NBA member companies – we are saving them valuable time and money because of the faster and simplified process to reach our standards.

Box 3 Advice

No need to obtain additional police advice
This means that the SBD NBA member can build anywhere in the UK safe in the knowledge that police concerns for crime prevention have been met.

Our NBA Silver Award

Once you’re a member all you need to do is simply register a development with us and we’ll issue a ‘Silver Certificate’ to recognise that physical security standards have been incorporated to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. You in turn could use the certificate in a number of ways, i.e. as evidence of compliance with building regulations, to discharge a planning condition or in your own media and marketing campaigns.

The opportunity to turn Silver into Gold

Many of our NBA members choose to aspire to a Gold Certificate, which recognises that crime prevention measures are not only built into the physical security of buildings but also into the surrounding layout and landscaping too. This is where we use such techniques as maximising natural surveillance, creating defensible space and limiting excessive through movement to keep people safe. However, the Gold Award can only be made after consultation with the local police force in the area where the building is taking place.

Who is NBA for?

NBA is for companies like developers, builders and contractors as well as organisations like local authorities, housing associations and social landlords. We have 27 member companies and organisations. Many of them are household name residential developers. Birmingham City Council, which is one of the largest local authorities in Europe, became the first local authority to join our scheme during 2018.

“Birmingham City Council is proud to work with Secured by Design on its NBA initiative. It will give residents peace of mind in their homes. Through innovative design and planning, we can begin to future-proof the safety of those who live and work across our city and, where possible, eliminate anti-social behaviour in our local neighbourhoods.”

How to apply

In the first instance, email: and we will get in touch with you. Membership costs a nominal £10 + VAT for a three-year contract – that’s because we are more interested in providing safer communities than in deriving an income from this initiative.

An officially recognised certificate

Our work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, National House Building Council, Local Authority Building Control and the Building Control Alliance, means that this Silver Certificate can be used by members operating in the housing sector as evidence to discharge their third-party obligations under Part Q of Schedule 1 (Security) of the English Building Regulations 2010 and the Scottish Building Standard 4.13 – Security and Wales (Part Q Security - Dwellings). It also discharges any other obligation placed upon the build by third-parties to gain Section 2 (Physical Security) approval from our range of SBD Design Guides, such as SBD Homes, SBD Schools and SBD Commercial.

Advantages of Membership

Here is a list of our current SBD NBA Member Companies

 

Find out More

To find out if your project could benefit from this scheme, please contact us at or
download our SBD NBA brochure.