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What is an Environmental Site Assessment?
An Environmental Site Assessment or “ESA” is a process that evaluates the environmental liability of a real estate asset. To be precise, it is a process of conducting “all appropriate inquiries” or “AAI” into the past or present use of a property to see if the property is impacted by “recognized environmental conditions” or “REC”. That’s why it is a crucial part of your due diligence when you purchase commercial properties.
RSB Environmental understands the use of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report in the commercial real estate industry. Whether the property is industrial, commercial, mixed-use, multifamily, we are able to assess the historical and current uses of the property.
We provided Phase i ESA reports nationwide and have the available staff and experience to complete multi-site portfolios with very short due dates. We take pride in the fact that we can provide quality Phase I ESA reports for less cost than our competition.
RSB Environmental has successfully completed 2000+ Environmental Site Assessments in Houston and nationwide for a variety of clients including lenders, commercial real estate agents, buyers and sellers. Our staff has a combined 30 plus years of experience in all types of Environmental Inspections.
What is the Risk of Not Getting an Phase i Environmental Site Assessment?
Not getting an environmental site assessment can make you liable for toxic hazards even if you did not cause or know about them at the time of purchase. You might be also liable for cleanup costs, regulatory action, and civil litigation.
RSB Environmental is the national leader in Phase One Environmental Site Assessment by volume.
Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-13.
RSB Environmental often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) requirements while taking the widely varying geology and topography of the State into consideration.
What is the Difference Between Phase 1 ESA and Phase 2 ESA?
The primary difference between Phase I and Phase II site assessment lies in the scopes of work of the assessment.
An Environmental Site Assessment Phase 1 primarily assesses the likelihood that a site is contaminated through visual observations, historical use reviews and regulatory records.
A Phase 1 ESA report and does not include sampling and an analysis component.
A Phase 2 ESA, on the other hand, typically involves a subsurface investigation of soil and/or groundwater below a site with potential contamination.
If Phase 1 identifies potential environmental issues, Phase 2 initiates further action.
How Long Are Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments Good For?
Once a standard Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) report has been completed, it will only be good for a 6-months time.
After 6 months, your Phase 1 environmental due diligence reports have to be comprehensively updated.
One year after the initial date on the report has passed, your Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is no longer valid.
Should I Pay For A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment?
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) reports are prepared for real estate and business transactions such as: land purchases, building purchases, leases, business purchases, new residential developments and bank loans. Our Phase 1 ESA reports are in compliance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E-1527-13. This ASTM standard adheres to the Environmental Protection Agency All Appropriate Inquiries Rule, codified into the federal regulations by the EPA (40 CFR Part 312). This type of report is the one typically required by lenders and is highly recommended prior to purchasing commercial or industrial real estate, or prior to starting new residential developments.
Phase i Environmental Assessment reports should be conducted any time you purchase a commercial or industrial property. A phase i esa is also recommended when purchasing undeveloped, vacant land. If you are buying a house in or adjacent to a commercial area or next to a service station, dry cleaners or other environmentally sensitive business, you should also have a site assessment performed on the property prior to taking title.
RSB provides lender approved ASTM-E1527-13 and Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment which are often required when a property is externally financed. The purpose of a Phase i ESA is to identify Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with a parcel of commercial real estate with respect to the range of contamination within the scope of CERCLA and petroleum products.
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments in Houston, Texas and Cities Across the Nation
Our Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments are second nature to RSB Environmental, based in Houston, Texas. Our experienced team are directed by environmental professionals with a minimum of 10-year’s experience. Our projects are very cost-effective because we are a small employee-owned company and we do not have the large overhead and expenses of a large company. We have the available staff and experience to complete multi-site portfolios with very short due dates. We take pride in the fact that we can provide quality Phase I ESA reports in Houston Texas and beyond for less cost than our competition. Here is an article that goes in-depth about Phase 1 Environmental site assessment cost in Houston and beyond!
RSB Environmental is the national leader in Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment by volume. Most reports are performed to meet the standards of ASTM E1527-13. RSB Environmental often customizes reports to meet individual client or agency lender’s (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) requirements while taking the widely varying geology and topography of Texas into consideration.
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Report Scope:
Some of the areas of investigation include: