This article is how we chose Digium for our office phone service provider. To start at the beginning of the thread, start here. I wanted a phone system that would give a great customer experience and I have strong opinions on what that looks like. Auto Attendant: Answer the call with an auto attendant. Not

Environmental Consultants

Commercial Real Estate Professionals don’t typically hire environmental consultants themselves, but as a trusted professional, they can influence the buyer on who gets used. CRE Pros know they get paid when a property closes. In reality, they get paid IF a property closes. That’s why managing the process after the contract is signed and on

This article is how we chose Digium for our office phone service provider. To start at the beginning of the thread, start here. If you are responsible for marketing scientific services, that last stop on the funnel to landing a client is the company phone system. Picture this; your potential client knows nothing about you.

We did a huge overhaul of our marketing this spring. The hardest part was trying to figure out what to change first. After some good hard thinking, I decided the place to start was with the phones. A3 Environmental Consultants started with one person working as a 1099 contractor. The logical choice for our founder

Environmetnal Vocabulary

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 1 Environmental Site Assessment”.  This post is dedicated to all the ways people get their terminology understandably wrong. It makes it difficult

Environmental Desktop Report

To answer the question of which is better, the Environmental Desktop Report (EDR)  or the Record Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA) you must first know what each is.  Environmental Desktop Report (EDR)   This is a light form of environmental due diligence done by an environmental consultant to determine quickly what kind environmental risk is

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Record Search Radius Report

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

Environmental Investigation

There are three phases for environmental investigations, conveniently called Phase I, II and III. Phase I Environmental Assessment: Phase I is an environmental audit. It starts with a database and historical record search. We request data from the city and fire department and an environmental professional walks through the site looking for past, present or

EDR Report

Environmental Database Reports (EDR Reports) are low cost, high level data regarding the environmental risks affecting a target property. They are sometimes called Desktop Assessments, Desktop Due Diligence or Desktop Environmental Reports. The desktop refers to the fact that an environmental consultant does not visit the subject property like they do in a Phase I

Environmental Study

The organization that established guidelines for the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment 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 1 ESA. In much the same way as accounting has Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and manufacturing has the

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Environmental Inspection

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments have a component in their scope of work where an environmental professional who is trained to find past, present or future threats of environmental contamination walks through a property and inspects for environmental risks. Phase 1 ESAs are done by environmental consulting companies, and environmental professionals as one of the

Desktop Environmental Reports

When buying commercial real estate everyone knows about Phase 1 Environmental Reports. The Phase 1 ESA is the gold standard when it comes to environmental due diligence. Most investors don’t know that there are other options, less expensive options that are often better choices for determining environmental risk based on constraints of money and time.

Environmental Due Diligence

There are many reasons to perform Environmental Due Diligence. The most compelling reasons have to do with the risk of financial loss from possible contamination. In addition there’s a legal liability issue when buying contaminated land. Finally, there’s a health and human safety component wise commercial real estate buyers should always be concerned with. Protect

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Environmental Study

The most common way to clear a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) from a Phase 1 Environmental Study is to complete a Phase 2 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

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How Long is a Phase 1 Environmental Survey Good For

According to the governing body that decides what the standards are for Phase 1 Environmental Surveys, a Phase 1 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 1 Environmental Survey though. The reasons

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Environmental Inspection

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

Environmental Test

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

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Historic Phase 1 Report

The best way to find a historic Phase 1 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 1 Environmental Study is to call the consultant who did the work. They should

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Environmental Assessment Vacant Land

If the question is “Do I need a Phase 1 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

Environmental Survey Quesionnaire

As environmental professionals we get a lot of questions about the environmental site assessment questionnaire. A3 Environmental Consultants uses an online questionnaire to satisfy the requirements of what the ASTM standard calls AAI, or All Appropriate Inquiries. The survey questions are designed for the respondent to answer as either the “user” or “property owner”. Things

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Who Pays for A Phase 2 ESA

If you are reading this, you are either the buyer or seller involved in a commercial property transaction which requires a Phase 2 ESA. 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 ESA

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Phase 1 ESA Strategy

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 1

Commercial Real Estate CRE

A Phase 1 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 1 ESA depend on which party you are to the transaction. There are generally three

Environmental Contamination Risk

Risk of environmental contamination is the worst kind of risk for a business. Environmental risk is expensive but it’s expensive in more than just dollars. Let’s take a moment and explore the ways which environmental risk could adversely affect your bottom line. Financial Risk The motivating factor for environmental contamination concerns affecting profits is fear

Environmental Site Assessment

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

Environmental REC

The term “Environmental REC” is shorthand for Recognized Environmental Condition. It’s frequently misunderstood by clients that have little experience with them as “an environmental wreck”. It means that an environmental professional has identified the presence or likely presence of hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property being assessed due to 1)

Environmental Phase 1 Public Information Search

Phase 1 Environmental Reports are not public information under most circumstances. If you were not party to the contract between the environmental consultant that did the work and the person (or company) that commissioned the project you will most likely not be able to see the results unless the person who paid for it shows

Phase 1 Environmental Cost

As with all things, prices may vary based on many factors but here at A3E our Phase 1 Environmental cost vary around $1900. But read on because there’s a lot that goes into the pricing of a Phase 1 ESA. Table Of Contents How Risky Is the Target? How Far Is The Project? How Extensive