Environmental Services

As industry leaders, we deliver environmental solutions to corporations, government entities, insurance agencies, developers, construction professionals, legal professionals, and both public and private owners.

MBC Group offers support on projects of all sizes, from daily residential claims to expansive global construction losses.

Our Services:

  • Builder’s Risk Services
  • Catastrophe Response
  • Estimating
  • Damage Assessments
  • Water & Fire Restoration
  • Replacement Cost & Actual Cash Value Determination
  • Wind & Hail Damage Surveys

With our extensive experience and second-to-none application, our experts know exactly what goes into navigating roadblocks and remediating a successful project.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Damage Assessment & Site Review
  • Drying & Remediation Plan Preparation
  • Expert Witness & Litigation Support
  • Infrared Thermal Imaging
  • Invoice Review & Audit
  • Mitigation & Remediation Monitoring
  • Moisture Surveys
  • Scope Preparation

MBC Group’s environmental team can investigate the presence of lead-based paint, asbestos, and other environmental hazards.

Our Services

  • Abatement Project Management, Monitoring, & Oversight
  • Expert Testimony
  • Exposure Assessments & Risk Characterization
  • Lead & Asbestos Abatement Design
  • Lead & Asbestos Operations & Management Plans
  • Lead & Asbestos Post-Remediation Verification
  • Lead & Asbestos Surveys
  • Lead Risk Assessments
  • Lead-In-Drinking Water Testing
  • OSHA Monitoring
  • Regulatory Compliance Support

We support our clients through the use of cutting-edge tech and other innovations. From initial inspection to remediation, we take a unique, proven approach to complex environmental and construction matters.

Our Services

  • Building Envelope Assessments
  • Cause & Origin Investigations
  • HVAC System Evaluations
  • Infrared Thermography & Moisture Metering
  • Mold & Indoor Air Quality Analysis
  • Mold Assessments & Remediation Protocols
  • Repair Estimates
  • Structural Evaluations
  • Water & Fire Remediation Services

We support our clients through the use of cutting-edge tech and other innovations. From initial inspection to remediation, we take a unique, proven approach to complex environmental and construction matters.

Our Services

  • Building Envelope Assessments
  • Cause & Origin Investigations
  • HVAC System Evaluations
  • Infrared Thermography & Moisture Metering
  • Mold & Indoor Air Quality Analysis
  • Mold Assessments & Remediation Protocols
  • Repair Estimates
  • Structural Evaluations
  • Water & Fire Remediation Services

Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) address contaminated property issues which are prevalent concerns for parties involved in such activities as Property Transfer Evaluations (PTE) and construction on undeveloped land. Environmental Site Assessments generally are performed in two stages, Phase I and Phase II, with remediation following if deemed necessary following the completion of both phases.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Typically consist of four tasks:

  1. Gathering information about past and present uses of the site;
  2. Inspection of the site by an environmental professional, usually accompanied by someone familiar with the property;
  3. Reviewing environmental files maintained by the site owner and regulatory agencies;
  4. Preparing a report that identifies exisiting and potential sources of contamination on the property.

The result of a Phase I ESA determines the need for further site investigation, i.e., the need for any type of intrusive sampling and analysis or may indicate that further investigation is not warranted.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments focus on gathering specific information as required about the property and can include the following tasks:

  • Surface and subsurface soil sampling, groundwater and surface water sampling, soil vapour sampling (along with laboratory analysis), sediment sampling, collection of plant or aquatic species samples;
  • Above/underground storage tank content and tightness testing, asbestos containing material (ACM) sampling, PCB sampling and identification, geomagnetic or geophysical surveys;
  • Directly measuring conditions such as noise levels or radiation;
  • Using environmental fate or transportation models to evaluate the potential migration of the contamination.

The result of a Phase II ESA is the determination of the need for a remedial work plan and may also allow the determination of whether conditions or events at the site are causing or likely to cause adverse effects and will require notification to the appropriate regulatory authority.

Indoor air quality problems can have long term effects on your health. The air we breath in our homes and/or offices can cause health and wellness issues and can negatively effect our overall enjoyment of life. MBC Group provides a client based comprehensive approach to Indoor Air Quality matters. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a very broad topic and in-experience can result in a flawed survey resulting in wasted time and resources. MBC Group employs trained individuals with an understanding of the Indoor Environment, thus maximizing the inspection process targeting areas of concern and answering the questions for all interested parties.

MBC Group will evaluate the building for moisture sources including building envelop failures, leakage issues or occupant based moisture sources that may be the source or contributing to mould development within the building.

Moisture assessments may include;
Moisture Meters
Thermal Scanning
Hygrometer or related humidity monitoring
Mould Assessment Services

There has been an ongoing debate within the medical community for several years about the health risks associated with mould. The general conclusion is that mould doesn’t affect everyone the same way, and in some it tends to have no affect at all. The amount of time and levels of mould concentrations that we can endure within a home or office that has been contaminated with mould remains unknown. We know one thing for sure, mould growth indoors is not a healthy environment.

 

There are many types of indoor moulds such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria. Black or Toxic mould known as Stachybotrys can produce compounds that have toxic properties known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can appear in both living and dead mould spores. When the mould dies and dries, air movement can cause spores to become airborne. Stachybotrys can grow on wood, fiberboard, drywall, paper, dust and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture present such as water damage, high humidity levels, condensation and flooding.

All types of mould can create health concerns and structure hazards throughout a home, office or building. Moisture sources including building envelop failures, leakage issues or occupant based moisture problems may contribute to mould development within a building.

Everyone is at risk. Those that are in a higher risk category are;

Infants
Children
Immunocompromised People
Pregnant Women
People who suffer from respiratory problems
People with allergies or asthma

Mould symptoms include:

Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes
Skin rash or itching
Flu-like symptoms
Asthma attacks
Memory problems
Constant headache
Possible fever

MBC Group will assess, analyze and report on your home, office or building during our comprehensive assessments which include;

Visual inspections for sources of mould
Analytical sampling for source and health impact potential from spore exposure
Moisture Analysis
Thermal Scanning

Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  It cannot be detected by senses as it is colourless and odourless; however it can be detected with scientific instruments.  Radon usually escapes from the ground into outdoor air where it mixes with fresh air resulting in concentrations too low to be of a concern.  When radon enters an enclosed space such as a building, it can accumulate to very high concentrations.  The only known health risk associated with exposure to radon is an increased risk of developing lung cancer. MBC Group now provides radon sampling for your home and/or office.

Supplied breathing air systems are a necessary requirement for most automotive collision centres, sandblasting and coatings applicators.  Supplied breathing air systems are described as an atmospheric-supplying device which provides the wearer with respirable air from a source outside the contaminated area; only those with manual or motor-operated blowers are approved for immediately harmful or oxygen-deficient atmospheres.

All supplied breathing air samples are submitted to a local, “Standards Council of Canada” Accredited Laboratory for analysis.  Breathing Air Analysis results are then provided by MBC Group. in a concise report that indicates the sample’s conformance or non-conformance to the requirements of the standard.

MBC Group has over 14 years experience in providing onsite compressed breathing air sampling assessments in Alberta.  We provide our clients with professionally trained & certified air quality consultants to perform independent sampling for industrial and commercial users of supplied breathing air systems.  All of which, is with the intent to ensure purity and safety for the painting, coating applicator and sandblasting worker found in your workplaces.

As it is required by the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act, Regulation and Code (2009) Part 18; Personal Protective Equipment, Section 249; Quality of Breathing Air, the analysis of Compressed Breathing Air is to meet the requirements of Table 1 of the CSA Standard CAN3-Z180.1-13.  It is also noted in Section 15.2.2 of CAN3-Z180.1-13, which a sample of compressed breathing air produced and delivered by a compressed breathing air system shall be collected and analysed at least once every 6 months.

The science behind Industrial or Occupational Monitoring involves the understanding of the contaminants that have the potential to harm the human body and that are generated in the workplace as part of an overall process.

These processes may include;

Process related-Welding, gouging, grinding/cutting, painting, sand or abrasive blasting, electroplating, noise exposure, compressed breathing air, confined space monitoring.
Function related–exposure to exhaust gases introduced into the workplace from exhaust systems, folk lift activity and other vehicle activity.

Not only are our consultants able to answer the direct questions pertaining to exposure but also indirect considerations or secondary sources created during the processes. By understanding the process and spin-off effects, sampling strategies can be developed more cost effectively and directed to answer the necessary questions.

MBC Group will also evaluate the facility, the collected data and all pertinent information to aid in solutions to problems where they may exist.

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