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What Is an Environmental Survey?

An environmental site assessment (ESA) is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. The analysis, often called an ESA, typically addresses both the underlying land as well as physical improvements to the property.

Types of Surveys We Perform:

  • Asbestos Pre-Demolition Survey & Asbestos Pre-Renovation Survey
  • Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Project Design & Asbestos Variances
  • Mold Contamination Assessments
  • Mold Inspections
  • Mold Remediation Project Management
  • Lead-Based Paint Building Surveys
  • Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessments
  • Phase One Environmental Site Assessments
  • Wood Destroying Insect & Wood Destroying Organism Reports


AECG provides visual inspections and building surveys in according with strict professional standards.  Licensed inspectors are trained to identify suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) that may be present in your building or plant.  Inspections and surveys are performed covering industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and residential properties.  They provide a visual inspection, thorough assessments of the area in questions, and provide advice on handling any suspected ACM detected.  Building surveys involve representative samples of building components and laboratory analysis of all suspect materials.  Survey results are detailed in a formal report that includes a written assessment and the results of all analyses performed.


Already have a project under way?  Let our expert and certified Asbestos Project Designer’s create site specific variances and design an asbestos abatement work plan.  Preparation of comprehensive plans provides the contractor with guidelines for abatement/remediation of hazardous material(s) that comply with all Federal, State and Local rules and regulations.  AECG also performs asbestos submittal reviews and abatement contract reviews for our consulting clients.  We will work directly with insurance adjusters on asbestos abatement claim management and asbestos job scope audits.  If your project involves you have found the ultimate resource for all of your asbestos needs.


The first step in assessment is to non-intrusively determine if mold is present by visually examining the premises; visible mold helps determine the level of remediation necessary. If mold is actively growing and visibly confirmed, sampling for its specific species is unnecessary.
Intrusive observation is sometimes needed to assess the mold level. This includes moving furniture, lifting (or removing) carpets, checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking ventilation ductwork and exposing wall cavities. Detailed visual inspection and the recognition of moldy odors should be used to find problems. Efforts should focus on areas where there are signs of liquid moisture or water vapor (humidity), or where moisture problems are suspected.


Our mold inspections consist of technology that will help get to the bottom of your mold problem.  With over two decades of experience, we know the best solution! The first step in solving an indoor mold problem is to remove the moisture source; new mold will begin to grow on moist, porous surfaces within 24 to 48 hours.  AECG has thousands of inspections of residential, commercial and industrial buildings under its belt. 


Significant mold growth may require professional mold remediation to remove the affected building materials and eradicate the source of excess moisture. In extreme cases of mold growth in buildings, it may be more cost-effective to condemn the building than to reduce mold to safe levels.  The goals of remediation are to remove (or clean) contaminated materials, preventing fungi (and fungi-contaminated dust) from entering an occupied (or non-contaminated) area while protecting workers performing the abatement, and design permanent control measures to prevent future mold growth. 


We offer an efficient, affordable option that will allow you to assess your entire building without the need of cumbersome paint scrapings or unreliable chemical stick tests.  We employ the latest in non-destructive XRF technology to assess painted surfaces, talking literally hundreds of measurements in real time, through multiple layers of paint.  All measurements are electronically recorded on our portable instruments and downloaded directed to a PC for computer generated reporting.  Thanks to XRF technology, owners of all types of property can now afford thorough lead-based paint assessments.


Because lead exposure can come from several sources, and because the route of exposure isn’t always obvious, risk assessments are often required.  Full risk assessments consider environmental sources of lead including lead-based paint, water supply, household dust, and food – as well as lifestyle factors such as hobbies, renovation practices, and occupation.  We perform all aspects of a full risk assessment.  Our risk assessors are trained in EPA certified courses, and regularly take additional training to keep abreast of current regulations and technology.  All on-site sampling is performed using our own highly trained field technicians, and all sample analyses are completed using a NYSDOH certified and NLLAP certified laboratory. 


An environmental site assessment (ESA) is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. The analysis, often called an ESA, typically addresses both the underlying land as well as physical improvements to the property. A proportion of contaminated sites are "brownfield sites." In severe cases, brownfield sites may be added to the National Priorities List where they will be subject to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program.
The actual sampling of soil, air, groundwater and/or building materials is typically not conducted during a Phase I ESA. The Phase I ESA is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental due diligence. Standards for performing a Phase I site assessment have been promulgated by the US EPA and are based in part on ASTM in Standard E1527-13.
If a site is considered contaminated, a Phase II environmental site assessment may be conducted, ASTM test E1903, a more detailed investigation involving chemical analysis for hazardous substances and/or petroleum hydrocarbons.


A Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDI Report) is generated during a home inspection while looking for wood destroying insects such as termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles. A WDI Report are required by some banking institutions when buying a new home.

Asbestos Surveys (Pre-Demolition & Renovation)

Asbestos surveys is AECG’s expertise and experience in the asbestos field for over two decades. We have performed hundreds of Demolition Surveys and Renovation Surveys. Our detailed approach to asbestos sampling and asbestos testing creates a successful approach for the building owner and design of a potential asbestos abatement project. Our NYS ELAP certified Asbestos Lab certifies all sampling taking to local, state and federal regulations. Our certified Asbestos Inspectors take the time to understand your project and budget to help create a detailed asbestos survey that works for you, our client.

Why We Are The Best

  • Over 20 years of specific commercial and residential experience of all facets of Environmental Surveys.
  • Proven track record of on-time and on-budget completion.
  • Large resource of equipment and labor to get the job done right and efficient.
  • Insured, Bonded and Verified Staff for every facet of the project.
  • A+ BBB Rating. Our staff is the highest trained and certified of our industry. We ensure every client is completely satisfied, a customer referral is our best compliment.
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