One of those experts is Victor Coppola, owner of Greenworks LLC in Wall Twp, NJ. Greenworks provides mold remediation, environmental services, and specialized consulting in the residential and small business markets. When it comes to drying out your home or basement and making sure you have all potential moisture issues under control, Victor is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met.
Greenworks Environmental Environmental Services for House Demolition in New Jersey
Enter Victor…Just looking over your Demolition piece. Nice work. But I notice you glossed over the whole Municipal Permit Process which tends to frustrate folks the most.Obtaining the town’s Demolition Permit will take a minimum of 20 days to acquire after all the proper paperwork is submitted. If it comes any sooner consider it your lucky day and go buy a lottery ticket!Any pre-1978 home is also subject to an asbestos inspection by a qualified asbestos building inspector which will add more time. The Asbestos Building Inspector is a Federal AHERA certification that New Jersey honors. The Municipality may not ask for the ABI as part of the demolition permit (but is still a federal requirement).
What goes into an ABI is a totally separate issue all together. This goes for total demolition or partial (like in remodeling, etc.). And there is also the Lead Paint requirement on age specific homes. It can get pretty complicated where I see many times the contractor alleviates his permitting responsibility by dating the house incorrectly or having language in their contract stating that the “homeowner is responsible for all permits.”
This is becoming more-and-more of an issue where the fines are substantial and all it takes is one neighbor to make a complaint about degraded air quality to the hot line and then your guess is as good as mine how long all this will take.I have even seen demolished sites that go up for sale being brutalized by prospective buyer attorneys for not having all the proper permits.
Awareness of environmental impacts to properties (while not at the top of everyone’s minds) is an often overlooked item that drives everyone crazy when an issue does develop (which can be immediate, but more often it can take some time). Issues such as impacts from Known Contaminated Sites in the area can affect State & Federal Grant Monies; Biological infestation from molds / fungus / bacteria / etc. degrade Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) where many folks health is directly affected; natural resource issues like water front / wetlands / tidelands / T&E Species / Hydrologic issues like groundwater / stormwater management / water & vapor intrusion, etc. diminish development potential of a site; and so on.
Being aware of our personal built environment and how it interacts with the natural environment is a great way for contractors to help differentiate themselves from the competition. It’s not realistic to think any contractor can know about all this enviro “mumbo-jumbo”, but having a relationship with an environmental advisory firm can be the difference in a project that turns a client’s dreams into reality vs a nightmare (Rebuild NJ hint: call Victor for help!)Hope this helps.Exit Victor.
Thanks, Victor, for providing that valuable insight. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to publish such good professional advice here on Rebuild New Jersey, and I hope that our local contractors and homeowners feel the same way.Give Greenworks a call if you have any questions about these environmental issues as they pertain to the demolition process.And if you’re looking for a reliable, local house demolition contractor, please fill out the form on our Contractor Search page and we will put you in touch with a local, licensed, and professional contractor.
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