Building Consultants, Inc.

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Additional Phase II Services

Phase II Asbestos Survey

Building Consultants, Inc. (BCI) can provide the following Phase II Asbestos Survey services:

  • We will perform a survey of accessible interior portions of the existing structure to confirm the presence of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and to estimate the quantity of ACMs that will require abatement.
  • We will collect bulk samples of suspected material to satisfy the requirements established under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 40 CFR, Part 763, Subpart E and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M. The samples may be obtained in a manner that would involve the destruction of walls, building elements, physical barriers, or the structural integrity of the item being sampled. No patching or repair of walls, floors or building elements will be included in this survey.
  • We will prepare a written findings report to summarize the number of bulk asbestos samples collected, to document the sampling locations and laboratory test results, and estimate the quantity of ACMs to be abated.

Phase II Lead-Based Paint/Lead-In-Soil

Building Consultants, Inc. (BCI) can provide the following Phase II Lead-based Paint Inspection services:

  • We can perform a surface by surface destructive investigation (paint chip sampling) or non-destructive investigation of painted surfaces using a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF*) analyzer to determine the presence of lead-based paint on the interior and exterior of the building according to U.S. Housing and Development (HUD) “Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Hazards in Housing,” Chapter 7 of 1997 and state guidelines. According to Code of Maryland Regulations 26.16.01.02, a lead-containing substance means any paint, plaster, or other surface encapsulation material containing more than 0.50 percent lead by weight calculated as lead metal in the dried solid, or more than 0.7 milligram per square centimeter (mg/cm2). According to State of Virginia Statute Title 54.1, Chapter 5 guidelines, lead-based paint is defined as any coating, paint, plaster, or surface encapsulation material containing more than 0.5% lead by weight of dry film or more than one milligram of lead per square centimeter of dry film by XRF. According to District of Columbia Law 11-221 “Lead-Based Paint Abatement and Control Act of 1996”, lead-based paint means any paint or other surface coating containing lead or lead in its compounds in any quantity exceeding 0.5% of the total weight of the material or more than one mg/cm2 or in any quantity sufficient to constitute a health or environmental hazard.
  • We will prepare a written findings report to summarize the number of samples collected, the sampling locations, the XRF* readings or paint chip sample results of the concentration of lead in the painted surfaces, and the paint condition.
    *BCI subcontracts all XRF services to certified and licensed consultants.

BCI can provide the following Phase II Lead-in-Soil services:

  • Bare soil and building dripline samples can be taken and evaluated for lead contamination levels. Soil sampling should be conducted before any renovation work on the residential building begins and after completion of the work. The number of samples and their location must meet statistical requirements imposed by HUD regulations. The samples would be sent to a pre-approved laboratory for determination of the lead content. The results would then be interpreted in an analysis report.

Phase II Lead - Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure

 

Building Consultants, Inc. (BCI) can provide the following Phase II - Lead TCLP services:

  • We will identify the different exterior and interior lead-containing components that will require abatement (e.g. foundation, framing, siding, roof, drywall, plaster, trim, windows, doors, insulation, etc.).
  • We will collect aliquots or sub-samples of each component which will result in a composite sample which is representative of the component.  The sub-samples will be mixed in proportion to their percent by weight in the total quantity of debris being removed and the total composite sample will equal or exceed the laboratory minimum 100-gram sample weight.  The sub-samples may be obtained in a manner that would involve the destruction of walls, building elements, physical barriers, or the structural integrity of the item being sampled.  No patching or repair of walls, floors or building elements will be included in this survey.
  • We will prepare a written findings report to summarize the components sampled, the laboratory test results,

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