Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
Our site assessments are undertaken in accordance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) document “Z768-01 (2012) Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. We are Certified Environmental Site Assessors (Phase 1 and Phase 2) – Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC National Certification Programme).
We provide Environmental Site Assessment services to: Commercial, Industrial, Real Estate, Agriculture, Mining, and the Upstream Oil and Gas industries throughout Alberta.
The role of this assessment is to assist in reducing uncertainty about potential environmental liabilities and in making informed decisions about property transactions. Due diligence reports are also undertaken for a range of clients to provide a baseline of conditions before a development occurs.
In commercial real estate transactions, many lenders require a detailed Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment before a loan can be approved. This process is essential to help protect your investment by proving you have completed your due diligence down the road. If any issues are found it may help prevent you purchasing a property with lots of issues you had no idea were present or make you aware of issues that may need to be cleared up before purchase.
We have completed reports as requested by from many of the big lenders such as RBC, TD, BDC, and CIBC.
In mining and development clients gather baseline data to determine any potential site issues before they make decisions on a site or commence works. Reports are also undertaken for pre and post disturbance for environmental compliance.
The four core components to a phase one assessment include the following.
- Record Reviews: A thorough records review is undertaken which includes: county or city records, fire department records of spills, underground storage tank registrars, ERIS Report, aerial photographic interpretation, topographic and geological/soils mapping, well records, and evaluation and searches of other records where appropriate to reveal any former uses of the property could have caused environmental damage or site contamination.
- Interviews: Abundant information regarding the actual uses and on-site activities can be gained by interviewing past and current tenants of the property. Interviews are undertaken where possible of current property owners, neighbours and other parties such as county officers, city officers, or fire department officers to gain further background information.
- Site Inspection: A detailed site inspection is undertaken to determine any signs of potential or actual contamination.
- Reporting: A detailed report is provided which outlines in detail the potential for contamination on the site and identifies potential risks.
We can undertake a site assessment in Calgary, Edmonton, British Columbia or anywhere in Western Canada.