Understanding the simplicity of the process from a Fire Risk Assessment to a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW) is of paramount importance.

Having this knowledge will empower you as a building owner or manager to confidently navigate the necessary steps, ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation.

By comprehending this process, stakeholders can efficiently address fire safety concerns, identify potential hazards and implement appropriate measures to mitigate risks.

Step 1: Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England mandates that fire risk assessments consider all fire hazards within a building, including external walls.

Step 2: Abbreviated Site Inspection

An initial inspection of the external walls can be conducted to determine whether a full FRAEW is required. This preliminary assessment involves observing the condition, materials used and potential fire hazards on the external wall.

Step 3: Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW)  in accordance with PAS 9980:2022

This comprehensive appraisal evaluates the specific risks associated with the external wall, enabling targeted measures to be implemented to mitigate fire hazards, to ensure regulatory compliance and to enhance the overall fire safety of the building.

Read our article on the significance of a FRAEW for further information.

FRC’s ‘abbreviated site inspection’: an effective and economic solution

FRC is fully equipped to undertake an initial inspection of the external wall following a Fire Risk Assessment. This crucial step enables FRC to thoroughly evaluate the condition of the external walls and provide expert advice on whether a full FRAEW, in accordance with PAS 9980:2022, is necessary.

By leveraging their expertise and knowledge, FRC can identify any areas of concern or potential hazards, thereby assisting building owners and managers in making informed decisions regarding the need for a comprehensive appraisal.

When a Fire Risk Appraisal for External Walls is and is not needed

There are some instances in which a FRAEW is not needed. The information presented below sheds light on various factors that determine the necessity of an appraisal, in accordance with PAS 9980:2022.

When a FRAEW is required

Your building is likely to require a FRAEW if it does not conform to the following legislation:

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • The Fire Safety Act 2021
  • The Building Safety Act 2022
  • The Cladding External Wall System process (EWS1 form)

When a FRAEW is not required

Your building is unlikely to require a FRAEW if it satisfies the following criteria:

  • Build pre-mid 60s
  • Brickwork and blockwork construction throughout.
  • External wall systems have been tested to BS8414 and have been awarded a pass certificate.

Do you know if your building requires a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls? Have you had a Fire Risk Assessment that has taken the external wall systems of the building into consideration?

Get in touch with one of our experts today for an initial discussion to help identify your requirements and decide the best route to compliance for you.