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Construction glossary

What is a Release?

In the construction industry, a release is a legal instrument that acts to terminate any legal liability between the releasor and the releasee, signed by the releasor. It is often used to settle disputes or claims, with one party agreeing to release the other from any existing obligations, responsibility or further legal action in return for a negotiated compensation. It may also refer to a point in a construction project where work is considered complete to a given level, allowing for payment or the transfer of responsibility to the next party involved in the process.