What is an EWS1 Form?
After the residential block, Grenfell Tower, caught fire in North Kensington in June 2017, the importance of fire safety took centre stage.
Wide and far-reaching changes have been enacted ever since then to negate the chances of such a disaster from recurring. Part of the changes has been the introduction of health and safety assessments to ensure that tenants are well-protected.
The External Wall Fire Review is one of such assessments that were designed to assess fire safety.
The External Wall Fire Review was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including lenders, fire engineers, values, and many other industry players.
To streamline the survey process and improve the efficiency of conducting the survey, RICS, UK Finances and the BSA (Building Societies Associations) agreed to an industry-wide process known as the External Wall Fire Review (EWFR).
An EWS1 form is a form used to record the results of the External Wall Fire Review. The form should only be used when surveying combustibility tests of the external walls of high-rise residential buildings or apartment blocks with a particular risk of catching fire.