Assessed Risk Limited have been working with many clients in and around London completing EWS1 Forms using our qualified fire engineers. We are also registered with the Fire Industry Association, The Institute of Fire Engineers and Institute of Fire Safety Managers.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Building Societies Association (BSA), and UK Finance have agreed a new industry-wide valuation process which will help people buy and sell homes and re-mortgage in buildings above 18 metres. This process uses suitably competent assessors to inspect the outside of a building for products that support combustion.
The industry is also encouraging the owners of these buildings to proactively pursue independent testing of external wall materials to safely speed up the process for buyers and sellers.
RICS, the BSA and UK Finance have agreed an industry-wide process – to be used by valuers, lenders, building owners and fire safety experts – in the valuation of high-rise properties.
The External Wall Fire Review process requires a fire safety assessment to be conducted by a suitably qualified and competent professional and confirmed using the EWS1 Form. It delivers assurance for lenders, valuers, residents, buyers and sellers. The Review has been developed through extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including fire engineers, lenders, valuers, and other cross industry representatives. Only one assessment will be needed for each building and this will be valid for five years
In addition, most banks are adapting use of the EWS1 Form and are instructing valuers to consider its use:
- in respect of any multi-storey/multi-occupied building where there are concerns in relation to external wall systems
- where there are attachments e.g. balconies considered to represent a fire risk, or
- where there are any other significant fire safety concerns