What does a completed EWS1 Form certify?

The form has two options :

Option A

This is for buildings where the external wall materials are unlikely to support combustion. 

Option B

This is for buildings where combustible materials are present. It means that a higher level of fire expertise is required to undertake a more detailed review. There are sub options to certify that either fire risk is sufficiently low that no remedial works are required, or fire risk is high enough that remedial works are required.

It is also important to note what the form does not do. It is not a fire safety certificate. It is only for the use of a valuer and lender in determining if remediation costs affect value. Where a building is found to need remedial works this will need to be carried out by the building owner, to ensure safety of the building, before a mortgage can proceed unless the lender agrees otherwise.

 

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