The Provision of a Portal for EWS-1 Forms
Following the Grenfell tragedy, EWS-1 forms were developed as a means of enabling competent fire experts to assess whether high rise buildings are fire safe in respect of their external cladding and if not, to identify that remedial work needs to be carried out.
The provision of EWS-1 forms has proved successful in creating clear and consistent documentation to support the buying, selling or re-mortgaging of properties in high rise buildings. In consultation with RICS and other stakeholders, the FIA has created a unique portal that provides a central readily-accessible location for these forms. The site may be found here:
Signatories to EWS -1 forms must first register in order to be able to submit or complete forms online. As part of this process, you must present evidence of applicable professional memberships and qualifications prior to your application being approved.
On your registration being approved, you may submit existing forms or complete new forms on-line, both these options being subject to further checks prior to upload onto the site.
Click below to see the explained application process:
Buyers, sellers, valuers, lenders, insurers, or those otherwise having an interest in particular properties in high rise buildings will be able to search for buildings by postcode, after which any building having this postcode will appear with its full postal address. You will then be able to view and download the EWS-1 form free of charge on entering a valid email address.
The FIA has fully-funding this portal and has employed software specialists to create an effective, efficient, and user-friendly website that has been approved by the RICS Forum.
A rigorous approach is applied to the portal to include manual checks at various stages of the process in order to eliminate as far as possible the current problem of fraudulent EWS-1 forms appearing in the market and to ensure that forms are completed by those sufficiently competent to do so.
To answer the most frequently asked questions please visit this page:
If you require any further information about the operation of the Portal, please contact [email protected]
Please note that the term "assessor" refers to Fire Engineers and other professionals that are suitably qualified to complete EWS-1 forms. Some of the buildings of less than 18m height may also have related EWS-1 forms and these may be submitted and viewed on the website