Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Audit

For individuals looking to purchase commercial property anywhere in the province of Ontario, Canada, let Ben Engineering provide their professional environmental auditing services by performing an Environmental Audit on the property. All the Environmental Audit services are executed by an environmental professional auditor and follow all requirements listed by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

As listed by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Z768-01 Standard, the objective of the Environmental Audit is to locate contamination along commercial property, both actual and potential. Through an Environmental Audit, any visually accessible evidence leading to possible or actual contamination is collected throughout the site. As well, background documents are collected. Because this is only phase one of the Environmental Audit, there is no need for intrusive investigation, sample gathering, laboratory testing, of physical analysis. All that is required is to not necessarily get rid of, but at least reduce the possibility of contamination anywhere on the site.

This Environmental Audits are required for all commercial property purchases in Ontario. Through an audit, it can reduce possible liability risks that may be the result of contamination. There are many people/groups that are able to require the performance of the environmental assessment, including lending institutions that are financing the purchase, local municipalities, and even the purchaser who utilizes the assessment as a type of discretion.

An Environmental Audit consists of the following four principles:

  • A full review of all required documents and non-compulsory documents (if applicable) to get all the necessary data regarding previous activities on the property and neighbouring properties.
  • A trip to the site to locate the visual evidence listed referring to actual and/or potential locations of contamination; for example, pipe insulation covered with asbestos and underground oil tanks.
  • Professional interviews with site personnel, any government officials, and relevant third parties.
  • A full evaluation of the information listed in an Environmental Audit containing all documented findings and related conclusions.