Contaminants in Buildings

Building land is getting scarce and therewith, the reconstruction and demolition of old building structure is gaining significance. Construction workers, third party persons as well as the environment need to be protected from contaminants during demolition and reconstruction and the correct disposal needs to be planned thoroughly in advance. In general, contaminants like asbestos, PAH, PCB and heavy metals are of most concern.

The enactment of constructions workers (Bauarbeiterverordnung) from June 29th 2005 and the EKAS-guideline Nr. 6503 from December 2008 prescribe that prior to any kind of reconstruction, materials containing asbestos need to be identified and removed. Formerly, this responsibility was up to the entrepreneur, respectively the employer.

The enactment over the prevention and disposal of waste (Abfallverordnung, VVEA), that came into force on the 1st of January 2016, demands that for expected contaminants the type, quality and quantity have to be listed in the scope of the building permit application. Therewith, the responsibility newly also lies with the constructor, respectively the contracted engineers.

Due to the partly extensive restoration works, we recommend to check the potential contaminant loads already before buying a real estate.

Next to the examination of contaminated sites (topsoil and subsoil), we do also offer investigations regarding contaminants in buildlings as well as technical conduct referring to this .

Our services:

  • Consulting for the acquisition of properties
  • Historical survey regarding contaminants in buildings
  • Inspection and visual evaluation of the accessible materials
  • Selective extraction of samples
  • Description and evaluation of the gathered materials
  • Documentation of samples and materials
  • Reports for „Building-Checks“ during reconstruction or demolition
  • Reports for „Building-Screenings“ for the diagnosis of normal usage
  • Submission and specialised engineering regarding decontamination

A “building check” serves as evidence of the contaminants in a building in the application for the building permit and also as a base for further required waste management concepts.