Real Estate Property Support

Our ownership perspective approach to property support services comes from our roots as a corporate in-house environmental services organization where we were real estate owners, buyers and sellers.

Cameron-Cole provides property development support services for all sizes of projects from normal, single property transfers with little or no known contamination, through complex, multi-property exchanges involving known pollutants. Our team is a leader and national provider of quality environmental due diligence services, which may be performed prior to mortgage financing, purchase or redevelopment of real estate.

And, now that Cameron-Cole is part of ADEC Innovations, we are able to offer a range of new services including CEQA and NEPA Compliance, Natural Resources and Cultural Resources Management, Noise, Entitlements and Permits, and Visual Analysis Services.

Featured Services

Our experience has led us to understand two critical aspects involved in the provision of environmental services to support real estate transactions: timely delivery and communication.

Environmental Site AssessmentEnvironmental Site Assessments

ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II and Phase III investigations, regulatory agency negotiations

Property Condition Assessments (PCAs)

ASTM-based assessments of buildings’ condition

Environmental Risk Management

Our mitigation experts (engineers, waste management experts, hydrogeologists) provide environmental analysis to the client’s risk management team to assist their understanding of environmental impacts and the potential risk these may represent.

CEQA/NEPA Compliance

As an ADEC Innovation company, Cameron-Cole provides seamless access to an organization with more than 37 years of expertise preparing technically sound, legally defensible, and cost-effective CEQA and NEPA environmental compliance documents.

Waste Diversion

Comprehensive waste management programs aimed at diverting waste from landfill to recycling and reuse, and achieving zero waste to landfill, including negotiating and contracting directly with waste and recycling companies, coordination of multiple vendors, managing billing and recycling credits, routine audits of collection areas and implementation of corrective actions, process/procedure analysis focused on waste reduction, upstream and downstream waste characterization, identification, design and implementation of waste reduction programs, employee behavioral/education training and promotional campaigns and monthly/annual reporting of waste reduction and cost saving accomplishments

Property Redevelopment Support

ESAs (Phase I AAI assessment, Phase II investigation, Phase III remediation), risk assessments, including ecological and human health risks

Asbestos ManagementAsbestos Management and Indoor Air Quality

Asbestos inspections and abatement design, planning, cost estimation and project management, certification, and contractor selection, and health and safety; monitoring; indoor air quality (mold, radon, chemicals) assessment and management, design review for structural and mechanical systems, and construction management for IAQ issues and remediation

Site Remediation
Stormwater Management

Full-service remediation (design, construction oversight, certification) for impacted soil and groundwater associated with historical manufacturing operations, leaking underground storage tanks, and nonpermitted landfills; management and oversight of building demolition and restoration

Stormwater Management

Permitting and management services, including training, administration of access rights and fees

Recent News

Up to now, the ASTM E2018 standard for Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) did not address a building’s energy performance. This shortcoming was the impetus for the development and recent publication of ASTM E3224, Building Energy Performance and Improvement Evaluation (BEPIE) Standard Guide. The BEPIE standard is designed to be conducted as an adjunct to the PCA, with the goal to determine whether a building’s energy performance is under-performing compared to its peers, and if so, identify the cost of potential measures to improve energy performance to at least achieve parity with peers.

 “We are delighted to offer this new standard as an adjunct to our PCA reports,” stated Cameron-Cole’s Jerome Edwards.  “As part of our Real Estate Property Support practice we had observed that the building boom during the ‘60s to the early 2000s was during a time of cheap energy and water, and high-cost labor and materials.  As a result, much of the existing inventory includes buildings that do not use energy or water efficiently.  Achieving energy improvements of 40% or greater requires an understanding of how the building works as a combination of systems, including structural, mechanical, electrical, materials, operations, and waste management. This new standard should give our clients greater insight in how to maximize ROI on capital expenditures to benefit energy and water use efficiency.” 

According to Anthony Buonicore, Chair of the ASTM Building Energy Performance Task Group and Chairman of Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Inc., “There is no question about the growing importance of energy efficiency and sustainability in the commercial real estate industry. Energy costs can represent a significant portion of a building’s total operating expense. Therefore, measures to save energy can have a significant impact on the bottom line.” Using ASTM E3224 to determine the building’s energy performance provides prospective purchasers added insight into the potential energy cost savings and impact on cash flow that might be achieved by making energy efficiency improvements, as well as additional information to use in price negotiations.

Cameron-Cole provides PCA reports in general conformance with the scope and limitations of the ASTM International Standard E2018-15, which identify and communicate visible physical deficiencies as observed during our field observer’s site visit.  Our staff also will be able to conduct building energy assessments as outlined in ASTM E3224.

Fresh Solutions

The Cameron-Cole team has conducted nationwide and regional environmental due diligence work for many parties in this market, and has been involved in many highly visible real estate transactions throughout major metropolitan areas of the U.S.

Our experience has led us to understand the critical aspects involved in the delivery of environmental services to support missions involving real estate transactions.