Due Diligence is the investigation done before a Commercial Real Estate closing where a trained environmental consultant looks for contamination.

Vapor Intrusion is the ability for volatile organic compounds to migrate from contamination in soil or groundwater through porous building foundations into areas of habitation, causing risks to health and human safety by inhalation of indoor air. A soil gas investigation is what an environmental consultant performs to confirm or deny the presence of the

A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the second step of investigation into whether a property has environmental contamination of some kind. A Phase II ESA reflects the suspicion of an environmental consultant that contamination exists based on a Phase I ESA. While completing the Phase II ESA, the consultant will confirm or exclude

A Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the second step of investigation into whether a property has environmental contamination of some kind. A Phase 2 ESA reflects the suspicion of an environmental consultant that contamination exists based on a Phase 1 ESA. While completing the Phase 2 ESA, the consultant will confirm or exclude

When clients ask “How Much Does a Phase 2 Environmental Survey Cost?” there is no other way to answer than to say “It depends”. I know that’s an unsatisfying answer but stick with me! We’ll get you a better answer by the end of this, I swear. But before we start, there’s some background information

If you are reading this, you are either the buyer or seller involved in a commercial property transaction which requires a Phase 2 environmental testing. An environmental professional found a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) during the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment process. The short answer to the question of who pays for the Phase 2

For many people, purchasing a commercial property is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s not surprising that most don’t know the terminology. There’s no such thing as a “Level Two Environmental Assessment”. It’s called a “Phase II Environmental Site Assessment”. This post is dedicated to all the ways people get their terminology understandably wrong. It makes it

A Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment (PESA) is the exact same as a Phase 1 ESA only instead of the investigation being done on a particular commercial property, it’s performed on a corridor of Rights of Way (ROW). Essentially it’s a long and narrow Phase 1 ESA which seeks to find all the possible environmental impacts

If you are reading this, you are either the buyer or seller involved in a commercial property transaction which requires a Phase II ESA report. An environmental professional found a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) during the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment process. The short answer to the question of who pays for the Phase II

A Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) is the exact same as a Phase 2 ESA only instead of the investigation being done on a particular commercial property, it’s performed inside a corridor of Rights of Way (ROW). Essentially it’s a long and narrow Phase 2 ESA which seeks to confirm or deny the existence of environmental

An Environmental Site Assessment can refer to either a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA or Report), a Phase 2 ESA or just the ‘site visit’ portion of a Phase 1 ESA. If you are looking for information on the entire process of a Phase 1 Environmental Report, click through the link to learn more.

If you are reading this, you are either the buyer or seller involved in a commercial property transaction which requires a Phase 2 ESA report. An environmental professional found a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) during the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment process. The short answer to the question of who pays for the Phase 2

A Record Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA) report is a faster, less expensive form of environmental due diligence which was developed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for lending money on commercial properties. The SBA defined the scope of a RSRA in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) 50 10 6. Lenders wanted to lower the substantial

When clients ask “How Much Does a Phase 2 Environmental Inspection Cost?” there is no other way to answer than to say “It depends”. I know that’s an unsatisfying answer but stick with me! We’ll get you a better answer by the end of this, I swear. But before we start, there’s some background information

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is a comprehensive review of the environmental risks past, present and future on a commercial property. Typically done during a change in ownership of commercial property, buyers, sellers or banks commission them. Ultimately, reasons to perform an environmental site assessment are to protect the value of the collateral

A Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the second step of investigation into whether a property has environmental contamination of some kind. A Phase 2 ESA reflects the suspicion of an environmental consultant that contamination exists based on a Phase 1 ESA. While completing the Phase 2 ESA, the consultant will confirm or exclude

A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the second step of investigation into whether a property has environmental contamination of some kind. A Phase II ESA reflects the suspicion of an environmental consultant that contamination exists based on a Phase I ESA. While completing the Phase II ESA, the consultant will confirm or exclude

The following are a list of NAICS Codes for Environmentally Sensitive Industries. If you are looking to purchase commercial property and need to get environmental due diligence done for the loan, you cannot use a Record Search With Risk Assessment (RSRA) if the current or past use of the property is on this list. 211

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Checklist for Freelance Environmental Consultants. Download.

If the question is “Do I need a Phase I Environmental Assessment on vacant land?”, then the answer is “Not necessarily” but if the question is, “Do I need some kind of environmental assessment on vacant land?”, then the answer is almost certainly yes. You have options though and all the options have pro’s and

A Transaction Screen Assessment (TSA) is a form of environmental due diligence which is less comprehensive than a Phase 1 ESA but more comprehensive than a Record Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA). Because it holds a middle ground, there are cost advantages in doing one. However, there are drawbacks too. Keep reading and learn why

The best way to find a historic Phase I Report is to find it in your records or email. They are typically sent as PDFs from the consultant that did the work. The second best way to find a historic Phase I Environmental Study is to call the consultant who did the work. They should

The environmental inspection is part of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). It’s just one component of what goes into the project. If you are asking how the whole process is done, look here. If you are really only looking for insight into the Environmental Inspection part of the Phase 1 ESA, you are

According to the governing body that decides what the standards are for Phase I Environmental Surveys, a Phase I ESA is good for 6 months. You can see the American Society of Materials and Testing (ASTM) standard here. There are ways around having to pay for a full Phase I Environmental Survey though. The reasons

The most common way to clear a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) from a Phase I Environmental Study is to complete a Phase II Environmental Study. The results will answer with hard science, if the REC is a concern and if it needs to be further remediated. What is a REC? A REC is basically an

Phase I Environmental Inspections are performed by environmental professional who is trained to find past, present or future threats of environmental contamination walks through a property and inspects for environmental risks as part of the scope of work of a Phase I ESA. Phase I ESAs are done by environmental consulting companies, and environmental professionals

For many people, purchasing a commercial property is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s not surprising that most don’t know the terminology. There’s no such thing as a “Level One Environmental”. It’s called a “Phase I Environmental Site Assessment”. This post is dedicated to all the ways people get their terminology understandably wrong. It makes it difficult

The organization that established guidelines for the Phase I Environmental Study is the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). They aren’t guidelines so much as they are a standard way of conducting a Phase I ESA. In much the same way as accounting has Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and manufacturing has the International

The ESA Questionnaire is an important part of an ASTM 1527-13 Phase 1 ESA. A3E wants to help Freelance Environmental Consultants to do more work, faster and ultimately get paid more. Why? Because we’ve been there, done that. Let’s work together!

RSRA is the abbreviation for Record Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA). It was developed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a less expensive form of environmental due diligence when applying for SBA backed commercial loans. With a price-point of less than half the cost of a Phase I ESA, these environmental reports lowered the

It’s never a happy situation to find yourself in when you’re responsible for finding an Environmental Consulting company to do a Phase 2 ESA on a property you own or a property you want to purchase. Chances are good you’ve never done it before. Below, we try to give you some quick advice on how

The average cost of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is about $1900 depending on who you call and how involved the site is. That’s what we here at A3 Environmental Consultants charge for most projects. But there’s a lot more to it, so stick with me if you’re interested in learning more. What kind

As with all things, prices may vary based on many factors but here at A3E our Phase I Environmental cost vary around $1900. But read on because there’s a lot that goes into the pricing of a Phase I ESA. Table Of Contents How Risky Is the Target? How Far Is The Project? How Extensive

Here at A3 Environmental Consultants, we’ve found the general public doesn’t know much about what we do and has more than a few preconceived notions. This post is about some of the the things we’ve come across which people frequently didn’t know. Environmental Consulting: Once soil is contaminated, there’s no cleaning it. No matter what

Welcome, 1099 contractors! At A3E we like to make industry friends so we’re giving you some environmental report examples for your review. It was 5 short years ago that A3 Environmental Consultants was started by our fearless boss lady, Alisa Allen. Her initial goal was to be an Freelance Environmental Consultant to her friends in

You are asking an unintentionally difficult question. In order to answer it we need to know what “Environmental Investigation” you are talking about. If you’re looking for environmental investigation of products like cell phones, you’re in the wrong spot. If you’re talking about commercial real estate, soil or groundwater environmental investigation, read on… Environmental Screen

We’ve learned a few things in the environmental consulting business. We’d like to share them with you. Table Of Contents Who Pays For The Phase I ESA? How Long Is A Phase I ESA Good For? How Much Does A Phase I ESA Cost? How Long Will A Phase I ESA Take To Complete? Does

When clients ask “How Much Does a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Cost?” there is no other way to answer than to say “It depends”. I know that’s an unsatisfying answer but stick with me! We’ll get you a better answer by the end of this, I swear. But before we start, there’s some background

It’s never a happy situation to find yourself in when you’re responsible for finding an Environmental Consulting company to do a Phase II ESA on a property you own or a property you want to purchase. Chances are good you’ve never done it before. Below, we try to give you some quick advice on how

When clients ask “How Much Does a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment Cost?” there is no other way to answer than to say “It depends”. I know that’s an unsatisfying answer but stick with me! We’ll get you a better answer by the end of this, I swear. But before we start, there’s some background

When people ask about an Environmental Record Search, they typically can only mean one of a few things. In the environmental consulting industry we use database vendors for our environmental records search. While this function could, in theory, be done without wholesale environmental database reports, it would be much more difficult to do. It’s also

A Phase I ESA is mainly used to prevent the accidental purchase of a contaminated or otherwise environmentally compromised commercial property at a price that doesn’t take into account the environmental risk or impact. The strategies for purchasing a Phase I ESA depend on which party you are to the transaction. There are generally three

When commercial properties are bought and sold it’s frequently done by someone who is new to the process. Chances are high that you are a first time buyer or seller. So once a contract is signed, or better yet, before a contract is signed, the question comes up, “ Who pays for the Phase I

Welcome, 1099 contractors! At A3E we like to make industry friends so we’re giving you some environmental report examples for your review. It was 5 short years ago that A3 Environmental Consultants was started by our fearless boss lady, Alisa Allen. Her initial goal was to be an Freelance Environmental Consultant to her friends in

Commercial Real Estate (CRE) professionals call us looking for environmental advice all the time. We’re happy to be your trusted environmental resource and are on-call to answer questions and help with strategy. We can’t do our jobs without environmental data resources of our own. Some of these are environmental databases of known contamination which we

If you are here looking for a SBA RSRA template download, you can only be an environmental consultant or freelance environmental consultant who is looking to do one of these reports for the first time. Fear not, they are pretty easy and your pals here at A3 Environmental Consultants are here to help. First, let’s

Commercial Real Estate developers are notoriously impatient. The following story is about a Site Remediation Program (SRP) nightmare we are currently working through. Buying a Contaminated Property in Chicago, Illinois We were contacted by a commercial real estate developer who had purchased a former plating facility in a great location to build their next development.

We’ve learned a few things in the environmental consulting business. We’d like to share them with you. Table Of Contents Who Pays For The Phase 1 ESA? How Long Is A Phase 1 ESA Good For? How Much Does A Phase 1 ESA Cost? How Long Will A Phase 1 ESA Take To Complete? Does

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has very specific environmental due diligence procedures which can be confusing. To sort it all out for you, A3 Environmental Consulting built this infographic SBA Environmental flow chart. Depending on the type of loan you are applying for and the use of the property you are buying, you can determine

The elusive SBA Environmental Questionnaire Form. Your first question is why is it so hard to find? It would be awfully nice if the Small Business Administration provided this in an easy format. They don’t. But not to worry, we’re going to cover it every way possible here. SBA Environmental Questionnaire, what is it and

Before you spend a fortune on Environmental Due Diligence, First Search an Environmental Database to see what you are getting into. Working at A3E Consultants for as long as I have, I have come to realize that not every problem needs the most expensive solution to solve it. You can take a more nuanced approach.