WhenFresh doubles down on cladding data

Further to its launch in February of the UK’s first National Cladding Database, WhenFresh has doubled the size of its database of affected properties.

The initial dataset provided the cladding status of 485,234 individual dwellings within MDUs of 18m or more in height. Today's announcement reflects an expansion to 1,122,004 dwellings with the addition of MDUs of less than 18m and, in particular, those between 11m and 18m in height, which fall into the government’s Mid-Rise Scheme for remediation.

Mark Cunningham, WhenFresh CEO, said: “We expected the original cladding dataset launch to be well received, but we’ve been staggered by the level of interest from mortgage lenders, insurers, reinsurers and other parties. We’re therefore fully confident that the investments made in expanding the reach, breadth, and depth of the dataset as it continues to evolve will bring significant further benefits and risk insights for those who need to properly understand property cladding risk.”

The dataset is updated on a monthly basis, to reflect property inspections carried out by just 600 RICS qualified surveyors. They have allocated each dwelling a cladding status, based on the following classification:

GREEN – Building has no cladding. (Specifically: EWS1 form recorded in Cladding Database with classification A1, A2 or B1, or considered to be out of scope as per RICS’s Cladding Guidance Note).
AMBER – Building potentially has cladding, merits EWS1 inspection. (Identified as potentially in scope, as per the RICS’s Cladding Guidance Note, no EWS1 form held currently).
RED – Building has cladding. (EWS1 form recorded in Cladding Database with classification A3 or B2, or other known adverse factors from alternative sources).

Since the launch of the original dataset three months ago, there have been a number of status movements due to physical inspections or remediations, namely:

-40,047 dwellings have been updated from AMBER to GREEN cladding status
-23,933 dwellings have been updated from AMBER to RED cladding status
-10,019 dwellings have been updated from RED to GREEN cladding status

In addition to the RED/AMBER/GREEN cladding status classification, where available, WhenFresh can also supply the date on which the EWS1 was signed, the EWS1 classification (A1, A2, A3, B1 or B2) and any notes/covering letters provided by the RICS surveyors.

The WhenFresh UK National Cladding Dataset can be appended at individual dwelling level, to any file of addresses (or UPRNs, UDPRNs, Title numbers, etc) for flat-file delivery, or can be accessed via the WhenFresh API, either in isolation, or in combinations with any of the other property data items WhenFresh holds.

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