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Edward J. Devine

Environmental Professional
Loss Control Engineer
PCA Field Observer
PCR Reviewer

Mr. Devine has university degrees in architecture and engineering, completed a post-university two-year certificate course in Environmental Waste Management and numerous ASTM property condition assessment and environmental assessment courses including Phase I Environmental Assessment, Phase II Environmental Assessment and Vapor Encroachment Screening, and he holds Certificate #3885 in the ASTM Vapor Encroachment Screening Personnel Certificate Program.  

Mr. Devine has extensive experience in architecture, engineering, construction, inspection, mortgage banking, appraisal, property and casualty insurance underwriting and claims, and over 32 years experience in environmental assessment, building inspection, property condition assessment, vapor encroachment screening and facility condition assessment on virtually every imaginable property type.  He also maintains a rigorous discipline of continuing education and industry participation.  

He serves on ASTM technical committee E-50 Environmental Risk Management and Corrective Action.  As a member of that committee Mr. Devine actively participated in the writing and approval of ASTM E 1527-13 Standard Guide for Environmental Site Assessment Process and ASTM E 2600-10 Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions. 

Mr. Devine has complete hundreds of commercial and industrial building inspection, property condition assessment and environmental assessment projects including phase 1, environmental records search and risk assessment and vapor encroachment screening projects in 40 U.S. states.  He has also served as an arbitrator, legal consultant and expert witness.

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Education and Training

2006  M.A.   CRCDS  Rochester, New York 

1984   B.S.     Roger Williams University   School of Engineering   Bristol, Rhode Island
1984   A.E.T   Roger Williams University   School of Engineering   Bristol, Rhode Island

1998  Two Year Post-University Environmental Management Program
           Envirowaste Management Institute
           Kansas City, Missouri

2002   Train the Trainer Certificate Course
           Center for Environmental Research and Technology
           Washington, DC

2012   Vapor Encroachment Screening Personnel Certification Program
           Vapor Encroachment Screening Certificate Course
           ASTM International
           Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

2010    Phase I Environmental Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
            ASTM International
            Dallas, Texas

2010    Phase II Environmental Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
            ASTM International
            Dallas, Texas

2009     Property Condition Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
             Commonground University
             Milford, Connecticut

2010     Property Condition Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
             Commonground University
             Orlando, Florida

Industry Leadership

2010 -   Technical Committee E-50 Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action
              ASTM International

2010 -    Environmental Consultants Round Table
               ASTM International

 

Experience

Mr. Devine performs pre-sale, pre-lease end of lease and building inspection, property condition assessment, facility condition assessment and environmental assessment including environmental records search and risk assessment and vapor encroachment screening.  He has experience in virtually every property type including: 

Industrial; warehouse, manufacturing, mill, refinery, food processing, distribution, airport facilities, industrial condominium

Commercial: office, medical, plasma collection center, call center, office condominium

Retail: chain store, pharmacy (CVS and others) clothing, shoes, mall, strip mall, plaza,

Hospitality: urban high-rise hotel, suburban flagged hotel (Holiday Inn Express and others), motel

Residential: apartment building, apartment complex, residential condominium

Healthcare: nursing home, extended care facility, Alzheimer's care facility

Education: charter school, university, university foundation, trade school

Religious: church, synagogue, religious school

Land: forest land, farm, ranch, agricultural, land for development, country club, golf course

Clients

Local, regional, national and international investors, buyers, lessees, owners, developers, property managers, facilities directors, banks and other lenders, attorneys, municipalities and other government agencies. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, architects, engineers, public utilities; public and private banks and lenders. 

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Qualifications

Environmental Assessor for over 9 years prior to the early 1998 ASTM Standard Currently I am a Qualified Environmental Professional with over 32 years full-time experience.

Qualified Environmental Professional

ASTM International
E-1527-13 Standard of Practice for Environmental Site Assessments:
Phase 1 Environmental Assessment Process

Qualified Environmental Professional:

United States of America
Federal Statute 40 C.F.R. 312.10(b) 4.

Qualified Environmental Professional:

United States Small Business Administration
SBA SOP 50-10 5(D)

Qualified in Vapor Encroachment Screening
Certificate Holder

ASTM International
E-2600-10 Vapor Encroachment Screening Program

Qualified Property Condition Assessment Professional
Loss Control Engineer
PCA Field Observer
PCR Reviewer

 

Standards

ASTM International writes the standards for environmental assessment and property condition assessment.  These standards define good commercial and customary practice in the United States of America and are the only standards recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), individual states, banks and other lenders. 

The relevant standards are:

  1. ASTM E-1527-13 Standard Practice for Environmental Assessment: Phase I Environmental Assessment Process for form and content

  2. ASTM E-1527-13 Standard Practice for Environmental Assessment: Phase I Environmental Assessment Process for assessor qualifications

  3. ASTM E-2247-15 Standard Practice for Environmental Assessments: Phase I Environmental Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property

  4. ASTM E-2600-15 Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on property involved in Real Estate Transactions (VES) for form and content and for assessor qualifications

  5. ASTM E-1528-06 Standard Practice for Limited Environmental Due Diligence:  Transaction Screen Process (TXS)

  6. ASTM E-2018-15 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments:  Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process (PCA)

In conjunction with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ASTM International has revised its standard for Phase I Environmental Assessment to conform to the new All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) to qualify for CERCLA environmental liability protections.  In addition to providing the Innocent Landowner Defense the Final Rule provides for additional protections, the Contiguous Property Owner Defense and the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense.  

The new All Appropriate Inquiry Final Rule requires protocols not previously required by the ASTM standard, including interviewing previous owners of the property; examining chain of tile, visual inspection of adjoining and nearby sites, government records review and search for environmental cleanup liens.

All Appropriate Inquiry Final Rule also requires some form of vapor encroachment assessment to qualify for CERCLA liability protections as above.  The standard does not specify a particular form however, ASTM E 2600-10 is the only form recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and individual states.  Vapor Encroachment Screening may be required to qualify the Buyer for any of the CERCLA environmental liability protections.    

Lifespace Corporation Environmental Assessment meets or exceeds all EPA requirements and  ASTM standards.  Lifespace Corporation Property Condition Assessment (building inspection) meets or exceeds all ASTM and industry standards.

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The United States Census Bureau has developed and maintains the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  This system classifies property by use according to the level of environmental sensitivity and is used by OSHA and other regulatory agencies, and is a critical tool that we use to tailor our environmental assessment to your specific property type.

Based on the NAICS code presently and formerly associated with your property and adjoining and nearby properties we can focus our investigation on the unique circumstances, conditions and risks inherent in each property type.  By identifying the current and former NAICS code of your property and adjoining and nearby properties prior to our site reconnaissance we can develop an efficient strategy for acquiring specialized information unique to the site and addressing any data gap with the required intensity based on present and former property type and use.

By this methodology we are able to plan effectively and maximize our efforts where needed.  By working efficiently we produce the highest quality product at the lowest possible cost to us and pass on those savings to you.  Providers that use a "one size fits all" approach to environmental assessment or uniformly apply additional steps to every property of a given type sacrifice quality results for cost.  We thoroughly understand and use NAICS code and related information to add investigative steps when necessary but also to know if, when and what steps are required to achieve the best results in the least amount of time.  We don't rush environmental Assessment; we spend every bit of time necessary and pass time savings on to you.     

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