What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

Discovering why your commercial property needs an ESA Report.

An Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an evaluation of a real estate holding, property, or site that determines whether certain risks or potential contamination events (within ground water, soil, etc.) are present at the time of testing. Whether the location is commercial, industrial, or otherwise, our top Environmental Engineers completely and thoroughly assess all historical and current usages of the site, perform rigorous site inspection, and conduct interviews with local officials, neighbors, owners, and occupants.

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What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

Discovering why your commercial property needs an ESA Report.

An Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an evaluation of a real estate holding, property, or site that determines whether certain risks or potential contamination events (within ground water, soil, etc.) are present at the time of testing. Whether the location is commercial, industrial, or otherwise, our top Environmental Engineers completely and thoroughly assess all historical and current usages of the site, perform rigorous site inspection, and conduct interviews with local officials, neighbors, owners, and occupants.

Get a FREE Phase I Quote

Start your environmental site assessment now.

Competitive Quotes

We prove to our clients, time and again, that we’re the top provider of ESA reports by offering competitive pricing for high-end quality.

Fast Professional Service

We know your time is valuable. Our Environmental Professionals work with you to make sure you get what you need in a timely manner.

Top Environmental Professionals

eScreenLogic undertakes a careful selection process to identify the best Environmental Engineers and Environmental Professionals to perform your ESA.

Review All Historical Records

Our Environmental Professionals take a precise look at your investment’s historical records to reduce your risk liability.

Competitive Quotes

We prove to our clients, time and again, that we’re the top provider of ESA reports by offering competitive pricing for high-end quality.

Fast Professional Service

We know your time is valuable. Our Environmental Professionals work with you to make sure you get what you need in a timely manner.

Top Environmental Professionals

eScreenLogic undertakes a careful selection process to identify the best Environmental Engineers and Environmental Professionals to perform your ESA.

Review All Historical Records

Our Environmental Professionals take a precise look at your investment’s historical records to reduce your risk liability.

Why do I need an Environmental Site Assessment?

There are several reasons potential site owners, real estate investors, building owners, and bank lenders ask for, and often, require an ESA. If a bank or lending counsel is requesting a Phase I, it is to protect their investment and ensure passing conditions before venturing further into the loan process or to avoid future liability.

If you’re a property owner, undergoing a Phase I ESA is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure the quality of your assets and to streamline a potential purchase offer down the road.

Environmental Professional Tip:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA): The gold standard of EDD reports. This tool has all the required features of our Environmental Transaction Screen (ETS), but also includes:

  • An EPA-certified EP’s personal review of adjacent properties’ historical use, including a review of historical aerial photographs, city directories, and Sanborn/fire insurance maps
  • Compatibility with Small Business Administration’s (SBA) EDD Guidelines and inclusion of insurance

Phase I Specifications:

  • Meets SBA requirements & EPA All-Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) guidance
  • Results within 7-10 days from inspection
  • Performed in general accordance with ASTM E1527-13
  • A requirement for meeting CERCLA liability protection
  • Title records, environmental liens, and activity and use limitations review when provide by client
  • Review of tribal government records
  • Research/interview past owners/occupants
  • Full search radius
  • Identifies Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs)
  • A physical reconnaissance of subject site and adjoining properties
  • Review of selected physical sources (topographical maps, soil survey, etc)
  • Review of selected historical use information, (aerial photographs, city directories, etc)
  • Records review of local, state, and/or federal regulatory databases, as required

There are several reasons potential site owners, real estate investors, building owners, and bank lenders ask for, and often, require an ESA. If a bank or lending counsel is requesting one, it is to guarantee the protection of their investment and ensure passing conditions before venturing further into a loan process or to help avoid liability.

If you’re a property owner, undergoing a Phase I ESA is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure the quality of your assets or to help streamline a potential purchase offer down the road.

Environmental Professional Tip:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA): The gold standard of EDD reports. This tool has all the required features of our Environmental Transaction Screen (ETS), but also includes:

  • An EPA-certified EP’s personal review of adjacent properties’ historical use, including a review of historical aerial photographs, city directories, and Sanborn/fire insurance maps
  • Compatibility with Small Business Administration’s (SBA) EDD Guidelines and inclusion of insurance

Phase I Specifications:

  • Meets SBA requirements & EPA All-Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) guidance
  • Results within 7-10 days from inspection
  • Performed in general accordance with ASTM E1527-13
  • A requirement for meeting CERCLA liability protection
  • Title records, environmental liens, and activity and use limitations review when provide by client
  • Review of tribal government records
  • Research/interview past owners/occupants
  • Full search radius
  • Identifies Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs)
  • A physical reconnaissance of subject site and adjoining properties
  • Review of selected physical sources (topographical maps, soil survey, etc)
  • Review of selected historical use information, (aerial photographs, city directories, etc)
  • Records review of local, state, and/or federal regulatory databases, as required

Why Should I Purchase a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

Cheaper Long-Term

Ordering a Phase I report could save you money in the long-run by shielding you from the cost of future site remediation or cleanup.

Learn About Your Investment

Be prepared and knowledgeable about your investment. A Phase I ESA will give you a wealth of historical data about your property.

Get the Site You Want

ESA Reports can often show site particularities that could lead sellers to drive down the cost or conversely, raise it.

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Additional Information

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