EWS1 Forms

The EWS1 Form was created by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Building Societies Association (BSA) and UK Finance and came into effect from December 2019.

It is a document designed to allow residential building owners to confirm that an external wall system has been assessed by a suitable expert, providing assurance for lenders, valuers, residents, buyers and sellers. Please see our blog and a government update below:

EWS1 Surveys / External Wall Fire Review (EWFR)

The External Wall Fire Review Process (EWS)

We offer completion of the EWS1 forms once an External Cladding System Inspection has been carried out. All of our forms are processed via the FIA ‘Building Safety Information Portal’. The FIA has created a unique portal that provides a central readily accessible location for these forms. This ensures the delivery of a quality product for our clients and publicly available documents on completion.



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.

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What we can offer?

For cladding surveys, we typically follow a 4-stage process, our aim is to provide clients with value for money with regard to surveys. We build-in logical hold points at various stages of the process to enable clients time to review the information and make informed decisions.

These stages include:

Stage 1: Desk Top Review
Stage 2 – Preparatory Inspection Visit
Stage 3 – Inspection Visit
Stage 4 – Cladding System – Fire Safety Report

Our team are experienced in carrying out detailed inspections of buildings so best placed to complete the Fire Safety Report and the EWS1 certificate.

Please see link to current EWS1 form

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