External Cladding Inspection
NON-INVASIVE CLADDING INSPECTION
INVASIVE CLADDING INSPECTION
RICS EWS1 SURVEY
London is a location where residents living in newly built high rise blocks of flats are “Imprisoned by cladding”. This is where flat owners with combustible cladding on their building are unable to sell their flat, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have made a collaborative effort to address this issue by publishing the External Wall Fire Review form (EWS1). A competent person is required to complete a block-wide assessment of the external wall system and populate the EWS1 form.
Noor Construction Consultants meet the requirement to complete the EWS1 form and have engineers and surveyors who hold full membership of relevant professional bodies including the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Association for Project Management (APM)and the Institution of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM).
An EWS assessment is required every five years for each building or block. This means multiple sellers located in one block can use the same assessment to assist with the sale of their property.
Five years is intended to capture any renovation or adaptation work done to the building, as well as maintenance over that period.
However, a new EWS may be required within the five-year period if substantial works have been completed to a property, affecting the original conclusions.
The EWS assessment is about the safety of different types of external wall systems used in residential buildings in scope located across the United Kingdom. It is not designed to assess other fire safety features or risks.
The person responsible for the building should have a fire risk assessment (FRA) for the building as this is an independent legal requirement that is already in place and does not commonly incorporate assessment of external wall materials. Note this will change with the Fire Safety Bill coming into force in England and FRAs will need to cover the external cladding.
No. ‘Nil valuations’ are used in the process of valuing a property for mortgage lending purposes, where a valuer is unable to provide a value at that moment in time i.e. when the valuers’ inspection takes place due to insufficient information being available. Often a nil valuation signals that the lender requires further information before a valuation can be made, rather than a property being unsellable.