Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — Environmental/Green Buildings — February 22 - March 14, 2019 — 9B

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E nvironmental /G reen B uildings By Hani Gabriel, National Environmental Services Rules and regulations for Asbestos


sbestos is a mineral fiber found naturally in certain unique rock

or specialty paper remained banned. Effects: Asbestos exposure becomes a health concern when high concentrations of asbestos fibers are inhaled over a long time period. The diseases are very unlikely to result from a single, high-level exposure or from a short period of exposure to lower levels. Uses: Asbestos is bonded into the matrix of vinyl floor tile, in the glue used for carpet adhe- sion, in walls, and often in the very concrete that supports building foundations. It is usu-

ally found in roofing felts and potentially in the brick and mortar with which buildings are constructed and covered. It is used in fire doors, art mate- rial, and older cooling units in food service areas. Rules and Regulations for Asbestos: The federal government has developed several laws and regulations designed to govern the use of asbestos and better protect the public. In 1986, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was signed into law as Title II of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The sections of AHERA

relating to abatement are and have been enforced since De- cember 24, 1987. The Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Re- authorization Act (ASHARA), passed in 1990, required ac- creditation of personnel work- ing on asbestos activities in schools, and public and com- mercial buildings. Management: Asbestos materials can be managed in several ways: Removal or Abatement: This involves the taking out or the stripping of substantially all asbestos containing materi- als from an area or functional space.

Encapsulation: This in- volves the treatment of asbes- tos containing materials with a material that surrounds or embeds asbestos fibers in an adhesive matrix to prevent the release of fibers. Enclosure: This involves creating an air-tight, imper- meable, permanent barrier around the asbestos containing materials to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the air. Hani Gabriel is a principal environmental professional at National Environmen- tal Services, Houston, TX and Gabriel Environmental Group in Redlands, CA. 

f o rma t i on s throughout t h e wo r l d . It is strong, flexible and e f f e c t i v e l y protects or in- sulates from the damage caused by ex- tremes in temperature, espe- cially from fire or heat. History: At the turn of the twentieth century, researchers began to notice a large number of deaths and lung problems in asbestos mining towns. The first diag- nosis of asbestosis was made in England in 1924. In 1931, laws were passed in England to increase ventilation and to make asbestosis a compen- sable work-related disease. The United States followed about ten years later. In the 1930s, major medi- cal journals began to publish articles that linked asbestos to cancer. In the early 1970s, evi- dence began to emerge which proved asbestos dust posed a serious risk to the health of workers exposed to asbestos in the workplace. The 1980s and 1990s, public sentiment turned against asbestos and people began to insist on the removal of asbestos from public places and banning its use in everyday products. In 1989, the EPA banned passed a final rule banning most products which contained asbestos. This rule was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991, although certain products such as flooring felt, rollboard, and corrugated, commercial Hani Gabriel Netta Architects hires Chu MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Netta Architects announced that Lawrence Chu, RA, NCARB , has joined the firm as a principal and director of architectural interior design services in its NYC office, where he will deepen and diversify the firm’s design capabilities for its corporate, aviation and higher education clients. “We are delighted to have Lawrence join our firm,” said Netta Architects founder and president Nicholas Netta, AIA, NCARB . “His existing body of work makes him an excellent fit to lead our corporate interiors and tenant fit-out services.” 

A 360° approach to environmental services

National Environmental Services Gabriel Environmental Group

National Environmental Services, based in Houston,Texas and Gabriel Environmental Group, based in Redlands, California, are sister environmental consulting companies, established in 1995, that conduct a full range of reliable and cost-effective environmental assessment and corrective services, with competitive pricing and convenient turnaround.

• Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (AAIs-ASTM E 1527-13) • Transaction Screens (ASTM E 1528-06) • Asbestos & Lead-Based Paint Inspections (Licensed Texas Asbestos Consulting Agency)

• RSRAs (Records Search with Risk Assessments) • Phase II Subsurface Investigations* • Remediation and Corrective Activities* • Soil,Water, and Air Testing Services

• Indoor Air Quality/Mold Surveys (Licensed Mold Consulting Agency) • Underground Ground Storage Tank Testing Services* * Performed in Texas in partnership with Terrain Solutions, Inc.,Texas Geoscience Firm Registration # 50018

National Environmental Services LLC 5773 Woodway Dr, Suite 96 Houston, TX 77057 Phone (281) 888-5266

Gabriel Environmental Group 700 East Redlands Blvd, Suite U618

Redlands, CA 92373 Phone (951) 545-0250 Toll Free: (833) 4-Phase1 hgabriel@gabrielenv.com www.nationalenv.com

Toll Free: (833) 4-Phase1 hgabriel@nationalenv.com www.nationalenv.com

Satellite Offices: Portland (Tigard), Oregon and New York (Little Neck), New York

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