All you need to know about EWS1 Certificates

Everything You Need to Know About EWS1 Certificates

10 May 2024 | Written by Innovus

Building Solutions

If you’re a homeowner in the UK, you may have heard about something called an EWS1 certificate recently. But what exactly is it, and why is it important? This guide will explain EWS1 certificates in simple terms, so you can understand if you need one and what’s involved.

What is an EWS1 Certificate?

An EWS1 (External Wall System) certificate assesses the fire risk of the external walls of a residential building. Its main purpose is to check if the external wall materials contain anything combustible that could cause flames to spread quickly in a fire.

These certificates became necessary after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 highlighted the potential dangers of flammable cladding and insulation used on some buildings’ outer walls. An EWS1 assessment can identify if these kinds of fire risks exist for your property.

Who Needs One?

You’ll typically need an EWS1 certificate if you’re buying, selling or re-mortgaging a flat or apartment in the UK. Most mortgage lenders now request one to ensure the building meets current fire safety regulations before lending.

Even if you’re not moving soon, getting an EWS1 is still a wise idea, especially for high-rise buildings. It provides reassurance that your home’s external walls have been properly checked for fire risks by experts.

How to Get Certified

To get an EWS1 certificate, a qualified professional like a fire engineer or surveyor must inspect your property’s external walls, cladding and insulation. They’ll check for any combustible materials that could allow a fire to rapidly spread.

The inspection results are given a risk rating from A1 (lowest risk, no works needed) to B2 (significant risk requiring remedial works like material removal). The certificate states this rating and whether your walls are safe or require safety improvements.

Why It Matters

Beyond mortgage requirements, EWS1 certification is a legal must-have if your building has combustible external wall materials. It ensures you comply with the latest fire safety laws, protecting your property and your loved ones’ lives.

The certificate also officially documents that a proper fire risk assessment has taken place. This record can be crucial if your local council or regulators need proof of your building’s fire safety status.

Costs and Timelines

Costs for an EWS1 inspection and certificate can range from a few hundred to thousands of pounds, depending on your property’s size, location and the surveyor used.

The full process takes several weeks on average, from the initial inspection through to the final certificate being issued. More complex buildings may take longer.

About Innovus

At Innovus, we have skilled surveyors providing reliable EWS1 certification services across the UK. Our experts understand the fire safety regulations inside-out and take pride in helping homeowners gain peace of mind.

If you need an EWS1 certificate or have any other fire safety concerns about your property, get in touch with our friendly team today to learn how we can assist.

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