FRAEW – Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls

The British Standards Institution’s (BSI) code of practice (PAS9980) for the Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW) applies from the 31st January 2022.

What is an FRAEW?

The new guidance, called PAS9980, requires a five-step risk assessment process. It provides a methodology to assist in the identification of risk factors influencing the overall risk rating of a building, as well as mitigation steps that might improve the rating. PAS9980 was specifically developed for competent building professionals undertaking a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW).

The publication of PAS9980 is predicted to see the full commencement of the Fire Safety Act 2021, and the amendment of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to apply to multi-storey, multi occupancy residential buildings. The Fire Safety Order requires the ‘responsible person’ usually the building owner or manager to make an assessment of the fire risks of a building that complies with the guidance in PAS9980.  

The assessment must be conducted by a qualified and competent professional, such as a Chartered Construction Professional as defined in the BSI code of practice. A single assessment is needed per building.

FRAEW Survey

FRAEW Surveys – How we can help?

Our team of Chartered Construction Professionals are experienced in carrying out the fire risk appraisal of external walls of buildings.

Since its inception we have successfully carried out numerous EWS1 surveys and certified thousands of flats. Our methodology has been adapted to the requirements of PAS 9980 since it was published as draft guidance, and our approach has been approved by our professional indemnity insurers

All our work includes a visit to the building by one of our qualified team for an initial visual assessment, and then completion of the five step assessment process. We are also able to provide an in-depth technical appraisal using fire engineering analysis to further refine the assessment of the risk posed by external walls on existing buildings.

With offices in London, Birmingham , Bristol  & Manchester  we are able to provide this and our other Building Consultancy services all around the UK.

What makes our FRAEW service different?

We provide specialist assessment and mitigation advice on buildings that fail to meet the required safety standards. This service includes the procurement of a specialist design team to allow the full remediation of the external façade if required. The advice we provide is backed by specific professional indemnity insurance to undertake this work.


To commission a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls survey (FRAEW) or Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) please call 020 4534 3130.

For further information on FRAEW Surveys, PAS9980, EWS1 forms or advice in respect of your obligations as a building owner, developer or manager, please contact :

Alex Parry-Jones

Senior Director

Head of Building Consultancy

DD : 020 7947 0915

M : 07803 045 553

Sarah Taylor


DD : 020 7947 0973

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