Asbestos Surveys for Renovation & Demolition Projects

By Sam Becker

Asbestos environmental team at work
When you are planning a renovation to an existing building, hazardous materials such as asbestos are potentially hidden problems. Bringing on a reputable environmental team early in the design process means you can have solutions in place to mitigate environmental hazards BEFORE they become a major problem for you and your building project.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that an asbestos survey be performed for every renovation and demolition project by a licensed asbestos inspector regardless of the age of the building (e.g. newer buildings are subject to this regulation). Samples of new building materials can be sent to an accredited lab by a licensed inspector. These lab results can be used for documentation in the asbestos survey report.

In Iowa, demolition and renovation projects require an asbestos notification that includes an asbestos survey. Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) officials have the authority to shut down a project if asbestos testing has not been completed or if the asbestos survey report is not available on the job site. For other states, contact your EPA regional office or Department of Health.

Asbestos can be hazardous to your health. It is important that all rules and regulations are followed to prevent exposure to those working around asbestos during a renovation or demolition project.  Working with an environmental team for inspections, design, construction observation, and management plans can help you smoothly execute projects and mitigate potential problems before construction begins.

Sam Becker, Civil Designer   Working with asbestos provides opportunities to collaborate with architects and engineers. Every project requires a new, unique, and challenging design and coordination effort.

It is satisfying to see the results and value added to the projects.

Sam Becker, Civil Designer

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