As a result of changes in fire safety legislation, building insurance and mortgage lending requirements, EWS1 forms are now required for many residential apartment buildings, including some that are under the 18 metre tall building threshold.
Ever since the EWS1 process was introduced Harris Associates have steered hundreds of clients and thousands of third parties through the EWS1 assessment process. To enable an EWS1 form to be issued, a detailed in-depth specialist assessment of the external wall system(s) of the building first needs to be undertaken and the findings reviewed holistically. The investigations must be thorough and comprehensive and will require a degree of intrusive opening up.
The purpose of the intrusive site investigations is to identify the compositions of the materials used in the construction of the external wall systems. The EWS1 process also requires an assessment of any attachments such as balconies.