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A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is for evaluating the environmental liability associated with real estate.  Phase I ESAs typically are performed by buyers, sellers, brokers and lenders which are involved in the sale, purchase or lease of a property. They are typically required by lenders in order to assure that properties do not possess any environmental conditions that could diminish the value of the real estate.

Typical Scope of Services:

Site Visit

  • Inspection of the Site by an Experienced Professional
  • Catalog the Presence of Hazardous Materials or Petroleum Products

Historical Research:

  • Historical Aerial Photographs
  • Street Directories
  • Building Permits
  • Planning Records
  • Topographical Maps
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Department of Oil and Gas Maps
  • Title Information

Geology and Hydrogeology:

  • Soil Type
  • Geological Setting
  • Groundwater Depth

Regulator Research:

  • Fire Departments
  • State Environmental Agencies
  • Federal Environmental Agencies

Interviews and Document Review:

  • Interview Tenants and Owners
  • Interview State and Local Regulators
  • Review Provided Reports
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