EWI – External Wall Inspections
Complete Approach to Fire Engineering
Damian has over 5 years’ experience in Façade Design and Roofing after graduating from Liverpool John Moore University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Surveying. Damian has assisted senior project managers in large remediation developments across Greater Manchester and London.
Bruce worked for Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service for almost 20 years. Progressing from Fire Fighter, to Fire Engineer, he headed up the commercial arm of the Fire Service in Newcastle
Any existing multi-occupied, multi-residential buildings containing two or more sets of domestic premises now require the fire risk assessment to include an assessment of the external wall under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
If the fire risk assessor recognises that the external wall system is outside of their level of competence, an FRAEW will be required.
These typically involves a thorough examination of a building, with the construction materials, design details, and wider fire safety systems in place within the building being the focal points. The purpose is to assess the potential risk of a fire spreading both on and within the external wall of the building, causing harm to the building, and its occupants.
EWS1 Certificates are used for valuation purposes, an FRAEW is not.
According to PAS9980 whilst an FRAEW can be used as a suitable report to support or inform an EWS1 form, it does not replace it.
The standard to which that FRAEW must meet is enshrined within the PAS 9980 guidance. Published by the BSI, PAS 9980 sets out guidance on how to carry out an assessment of the external wall of a relevant building, all as part of the periodic fire risk assessments under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
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