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Buildings: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 100361, tabled on 7 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether agreements are in place between hsi Department and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors stating that a building owner must produce a valid EWS1 form for the purposes of sale or remortgaging.

Answered on

15 October 2020

The External Wall System form (EWS1) and process is not a Government regulatory requirement. It was introduced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to assist in the valuation of high-rise residential buildings for mortgage purposes. Not all lenders request an EWS1 form and the Government does not support a blanket approach in EWS1 use for lower risk properties.