Environmental Due Diligence

Environmental Due Diligence

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Environmental Due Diligence

Environmental due diligence needs vary across projects. Whether you are looking for a Phase I or II Environmental Site Assessment, wetland assessment or soil vapor testing, we are here to help.

Explore our environmental due diligence capabilities and services below!

Environmental due diligence needs vary across projects. Whether you are looking for a Phase I or II Environmental Site Assessment, wetland assessment or soil vapor testing, we are here to help.

Explore our environmental due diligence capabilities and services below!

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What Is Environmental Due Diligence?

Environmental due diligence means observing and assessing a property’s surroundings and potential risks. Developers, property managers, general contractors and lenders generally request these surveys and tests during building construction or as an occupancy condition.

A typical environmental due diligence study may include:

  • Identifying nearby sensitive habitats
  • Exploring the composition and disposal of construction material
  • Evaluating contamination in groundwater and soil

These checks generally fall into two categories. Traditional environmental due diligence (TEDD) focuses on pollution and hazardous materials, while natural resource environmental due diligence (NREDD) concentrates on identifying impacts on flora, fauna and historic sites.

What Is Environmental Due Diligence?

Environmental due diligence means observing and assessing a property’s surroundings and potential risks. Developers, property managers, general contractors and lenders generally request these surveys and tests during building construction or as an occupancy condition.

A typical environmental due diligence study may include:

  • Identifying nearby sensitive habitats
  • Exploring the composition and disposal of construction material
  • Evaluating contamination in groundwater and soil

These checks generally fall into two categories. Traditional environmental due diligence (TEDD) focuses on pollution and hazardous materials, while natural resource environmental due diligence (NREDD) concentrates on identifying impacts on flora, fauna and historic sites.

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ECS staff on jobsite

ECS staff on jobsite

Why Is Environmental Due Diligence Important?

Environmental due diligence is a proactive way to manage and reduce potential risks and impacts. The observation and testing processes help achieve these objectives by:

  • Promoting proper material handling and disposal
  • Lessening potential legal liabilities
  • Supporting regulatory compliance

Why Is Environmental Due Diligence Important?

Environmental due diligence is a proactive way to manage and reduce potential risks and impacts. The observation and testing processes help achieve these objectives by:

  • Promoting proper material handling and disposal
  • Lessening potential legal liabilities
  • Supporting regulatory compliance
ECS staff on jobsite
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Types of Environmental Due Diligence Services

There are several types of environmental due diligence services.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) fall under the TEDD umbrella. The primary purpose of this type of study is to evaluate whether property use has produced soil or groundwater contamination that could pose a risk to humans or the surrounding environment.

A Phase I ESA generally includes a site visit, condition observation, and review of the relevant laws and historic use records. The engineer may then recommend additional testing depending on the findings.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Phase II ESAs also fit the TEDD categorization. These studies can help reveal hazardous substances on the subject property. A Phase II assessment often serves as a follow-up to a Phase I ESA that uncovered potential risks requiring more exploration.

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) provides a testing framework for Phase II ESAs. Following these guidelines can enhance compliance with federal and state laws. 

Wetlands Evaluations

Wetlands assessments are a type of NREDD study. They help identify properties and site areas that may fall under conservation restrictions.

When an engineer finds these locations or properties, they prepare a wetland delineation to show the subject areas. They then forward the information to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who can decide whether the property is adequate for building and issue any required permits.

Types of Environmental Due Diligence Services

There are several types of environmental due diligence services.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) fall under the TEDD umbrella. The primary purpose of this type of study is to evaluate whether property use has produced soil or groundwater contamination that could pose a risk to humans or the surrounding environment.

A Phase I ESA generally includes a site visit, condition observation, and review of the relevant laws and historic use records. The engineer may then recommend additional testing depending on the findings.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Phase II ESAs also fit the TEDD categorization. These studies can help reveal hazardous substances on the subject property. A Phase II assessment often serves as a follow-up to a Phase I ESA that uncovered potential risks requiring more exploration.

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) provides a testing framework for Phase II ESAs. Following these guidelines can enhance compliance with federal and state laws. 

Wetlands Evaluations

Wetlands assessments are a type of NREDD study. They help identify properties and site areas that may fall under conservation restrictions.

When an engineer finds these locations or properties, they prepare a wetland delineation to show the subject areas. They then forward the information to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who can decide whether the property is adequate for building and issue any required permits.

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Why Choose ECS for Environmental Due Diligence Consulting?

Construction and property management professionals nationwide engage ECS for environmental due diligence reviews for various reasons.

1. Individualized Attention

The ECS team makes exceptional customer service a priority. With our national accounts program, you get the benefits of a dedicated account manager who is your single point of contact throughout the process. They will navigate you through environmental due diligence observations with the skill and personalized attention your project deserves.

2. Years of Experience and Innovation

Our professional team includes industry veterans with decades of combined experience. We take a whole-team approach to projects to leverage collective knowledge. When you partner with ECS, you benefit from an innovative group of problem-solvers who look beyond the traditional.

3. Industry Recognition

At ECS, we live out our people-focused values by serving our communitiesencouraging diversity and prioritizing work site safety. We also have an extensive network of industry contacts and resources to add to our sustainability focus and financial stability. Industry professionals have rewarded our efforts with numerous distinctions and recognition.

4. In-Depth Communication

With more data, you can make more informed decisions. Our team values open and consistent communication with our clients. Every report and proposal we deliver contains ample detail meant to help keep your projects moving forward.

 

Contact ECS for Environmental Due Diligence Services

Our team is prepared to help with your TEDD and NREDD assessments to give you confidence your project meets standards, requirements and specifications.

Request your free quote or contact a team member online for more information.

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