The relationship between our three key terms - remediation, renovation, and refurbishment - and current building regulations is complex and ever-evolving. However, there are some illustrative examples.
For instance, multi-story residential building owners and managers are investing significant amounts in fire safety remediation. This is a response to the Building Safety Act 2022 and other related legislation that restricts the use of combustible cladding and materials in residential buildings and on external constructions, such as balconies.
As renovation and refurbishment projects are not concerned with regulatory compliance (otherwise, they would be remediation projects), they do not have the same direct relationship with government legislation and compliance.
However, developers and other construction professionals will often keep one eye on the regulatory landscape when planning a renovation or refurbishment to avoid the need for costly remediation work in the future. This is particularly true of environmental regulations. For instance, they may install energy-saving features or look to achieve a particular energy efficiency rating because changes to regulations are a possibility.