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.
PCBs: To Test Or Not To Test
Toxic PCBs widely found in building materials are only regulated if they are discovered, but there is currently no regulation requiring CRE owners or investors to test for it. When is it advisable to test during due diligence, and when is it reasonable to avoid the issue so as not to trigger mandatory cleanup in case contaminated materials are found?Read More
High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Regulators Clarify the Ground Rules
The OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve have issued clarification of questions surrounding the implementation of the new HVCRE rules requiring greater capital reserves on certain acquisition, development and construction loans.Read More
Critical Steps to Ensure Roof Safety and Prevent Liabilities
A proactive approach to roof maintenance will prevent extensive repairs, improve safety, and protect you against liability issues.Read More
Why Does ASTM Care About Privacy?
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
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.