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Buildings: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 26113, tabled on 2 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to increase the number of qualified fire assessors that are qualified to carry out the EWS1 assessment for buildings over 18m.

Answered on

7 July 2021

The Government has provided the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with a grant for nearly £700,000 to develop and deliver training for up to 2,000 assessors who will be able to carry out EWS1 assessments.

This training enables these assessors to undertake external wall system assessments for low to medium rise residential buildings of up to 18 metres. The newly qualified assessors will help increase the number of professionals qualified to carry out such assessments, and free up the specialist engineers who are able to assess buildings over 18 metres and those which are high risk and require specialist testing.

Training commenced in January and course enrolments are currently around 870. If fewer than 2,000 individuals enrol on the course, then RICS will repay part of the grant to the Department.

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