About This Thought Leadership BlogThought leadership on a variety of CRE related issues including phase 1 and phase 2 environmental site assessments by expert environmental consultants and building engineers.
Why Does ASTM Care About Eavesdropping?
ASTM has proposed a new sound-masking standard (WK47433) aimed to ensure privacy for sensitive or confidential conversations held in offices and other commercial building spaces.Read More
Fannie Lowers Rates for Green-Certified Multifamily Properties
Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification with a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a refinance, acquisition or supplemental mortgage loan.Read More
HUD Introduces New Tools As Part of Revised Underwriting Guidance
Recognizing the benefit of data-based market predictions, HUD is set to improve processes by introducing a standardized reporting template and new Capital Needs Assessment e-tool as part of their forthcoming revised guidance for underwriting FHA insured loans.Read More
Creating an Energy Efficient Plan—One Step at a Time
Intimidated by Accomplishing an Energy Efficiency Plan? An energy efficiency plan doesn't have to be so complicated. Clare Broderick, PE, LEED AP discusses how to create, manage, and follow through on a successful step by step plan.Read More
6 Signs You Need a Geotechnical Study Before You Make a Loan
Matthew Marcus explains when it's important for lenders to consider a geotechnical study as part of their due diligence process.Read More
When Is Cleaning Up a Dry-Cleaner Worth the Risk?
Current or historic dry-cleaner operations are seen as a deal-killer by many shopping center investors, lenders and their attorneys - but they don’t have to be! There are a number of things that can be done to enable transaction parties to move ahead with these potentially lucrative deals while adequately mitigating risks and liabilities.Read More
How Environmental Liability Affects Private Equity
To adequately identify and address deal-killing issues, M&A deals require not only close consideration of financial and legal risks, but also a thorough physical due diligence process to comprehensively address environmental risks and liabilities. John Insall, LEP discusses how environmental liability affects private equity.Read More
Using Phase IIs to Avoid a "Bottomless" Environmental Mess
CHARLOTE, N.C.—As Partner's Kristine MacWilliams sees it, even a smaller scope Phase II can save on long-term costs and liability in the long run.Read More
PCAs With A Twist
Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are a typical part of most real estate transactions. While the scope for PCAs is generally quite standardized, certain instances warrant a more tailored approach. Aaron Kovan discusses two such PCAs "with a twist".Read More
What Lenders Need To Know About Fannie 2.0
Starting January 1, all loans securitized by Fannie Mae must adhere to the updated Fannie 2.0 guidelines. Drew McCreery summarizes some of the key changes to requirements for consultants, templates and reporting practices.Read More
About Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) is a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm completing projects nationwide. We specialize in evaluating properties in connection with real estate transactions, development or management.