||Lead and Asbestos
Reviews and Technical Oversight
I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
To reduce the risk of
environmental liability, a Phase I ESA is frequently conducted prior to real
property financial transactions. It is very important for the client to
understand the experience and knowledge of the consultant, as well as what can
be expected to be found within the context of the proposed scope of work. All
CERES Phase I ESAs are conducted under the direction of a Registered
Environmental Assessor (REA) or other appropriate qualification.
CERES’ Phase I ESAs are
designed to follow Standard E1527-00 (or E2247-02 if appropriate), set forth by
the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). CERES can expand the
scope of this Standard if desired, or comply with specific institutional
Screen Assessment (TSA)
Often referred to as the
“watered-down” Phase I ESA, the TSA is designed to satisfy the due diligence
requirements set forth in ASTM Standard E1528-00.
The TSA is appropriate for
users who are confident in their knowledge of a property’s past use but still
need an assessment of current use. The report includes a questionnaire that is
completed by a “knowledgeable person” as well as other, but not all, elements
of the Phase I ESA.
The TSA has been quite
well-received by lenders with well-devised environmental protocols for
portfolio properties and loan renewals. The TSA is recommended for residential
and other properties that are not normally expected to have environmental
concerns. Some lenders feel that the TSA is an inexpensive method of updating
previous Phase I ESAs.
Aerial Photo Archive
CERES maintains an archive of
historical aerial photographs of many developed areas of southern California.
The bulk of the collection is of the Los Angeles Basin from 1928 through 1989.
CERES offers electronic copies of these images in PDF or JPG formats. After
consultation with CERES staff regarding the area of interest, images are
usually sent to your email within 24 to 48 hours. Call CERES for the cost of
this service at 1-800-258-1490.