Let us first try to understand what cladding and non-cladding mean to us.
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What is a cladding system?
Cladding remediation is defined, for the purpose of the leaseholder safeguards in the Act, as the removal or replacement of any component of a cladding system that satisfies both of the following criteria:
- It forms the outer wall of any external wall system
- It is unsafe.
Summary of Cladding remediation
This advice gives you a general overview of cladding remediation and explains how this definition will affect your daily work.
It has become evident that many apartment buildings have significant historical fire safety flaws related to either their original construction or a later renovation.
Most notably, this has resulted in the exterior walls of these structures using dangerous cladding.
The Building Safety Act 2022 modifies the regulatory framework so that we can feel secure about new construction in the future.
The threats caused by these current fire safety flaws may make remediation work required. In the most alarming situations, a building’s complete cladding system may need to be rebuilt, or appropriate fire compartmentation may have to be installed between apartments.
More proportionate treatments, such as sprinkler systems or certain fire alarms, may be more suitable in buildings that do not meet the criteria of a relevant building.
Following an objective evaluation, building owners should heed the advice of a fire safety expert.
You will be totally shielded from any expenses associated with fixing dangerous cladding systems if you happen to be a qualifying leaseholder.
Additionally, in case you are a non-qualifying leaseholder, also then you will be completely covered if your building owner is the developer who caused the faults or is associated with that developer.
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What is non-cladding remediation?
When work is done to correct a relevant problem that is not a dangerous cladding system defect, it is referred to as non-cladding remediation.
Examples of non-cladding remediation are as follows:
- Replacing inappropriate fire doors
- Fixing missing compartmentation, which can limit how easily fire may spread through a building
- Fixing any other type of defect in the scope of the applicable flaw definition that is actually not a cladding system defect
- Replacing combustible balconies or walkways
- Strengthening concrete low-strength beams in order to improve structural integrity
Summary of non-cladding remediation
This advice gives you a general overview of non-cladding remediation and explains how this term will affect your daily work.
For the same reason as was previously mentioned in the context of cladding clean-up, where it has emerged that numerous residential apartment buildings had significant historical fire safety flaws related to either their initial construction or a later renovation.
Most importantly, this has caused the exterior walls of all these structures to use hazardous cladding.
Qualifying leaseholders are shielded from excessive non-cladding remediation costs by the new leaseholder provisions in the Building Safety Act 2022.