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Minimizing the negative impact on the environment at each stage of the project life cycle is a special challenge for the real estate industry. In this context, we offer you, among others environmental audits, investment carbon footprint analysis and environmental supervision.

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The real estate industry and the natural environment

Along with the dynamic population growth and progressing urbanization processes, the impact of the real estate industry on the natural environment is also growing. In order to minimize the negative impact, a key aspect in the context of construction and the functioning of buildings is the introduction of pro-environmental solutions at every stage of the project life cycle, in accordance with the concept of sustainable development. Already at the stage of selecting the location of the investment, and later during the construction process, the supervision of naturalists helps to minimize its impact on nature. Each real estate is also an integral element of a wider system of local connections, therefore it is essential to consider the location of the following transport network: walking, cycling, car and public transport. In view of the pursuit of climate neutrality, a comprehensive approach to the problem of CO2 emissions and energy efficiency at the building design stage is particularly important. The Databout team can help you introduce a number of solutions that will contribute to the implementation of a construction investment in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and reduce its negative impact. environmental impact. At the same time, one should not forget about the influence of environmental factors on the real estate market. Financial liabilities resulting from the materialization of the so-called environmental risks related to the current or historical use of the investment site and its surroundings may reach amounts that will have a decisive impact on the value of the property.

Environmental Due Diligence

If you are planning to purchase real estate, a merger of corporate units or an acquisition, you should know that in accordance with the provisions of Polish environmental law, this activity is subject to the risk of financial liability for non-compliance with the rules of land use.

We are ready to assist you in identifying the environmental risks accompanying your intentions, assess their significance for the further transaction process and recommend the best possible solutions for a given project.

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is an environmental risk management tool that allows you to correctly estimate financial liabilities that may result from the current or historical use of the site and its surroundings. The service is provided in accordance with the applicable international standard ASTM E1527 and includes an audit of real estate, analysis of documents and databases, consultation with competent institutions and preparation of a report with recommendations.

Environmental Desktop Review is an ESA Phase 1 limited environmental review that does not include a site visit. Information is obtained only from publicly available sources and documents provided by the investor.

The Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment is carried out to obtain detailed information on the environmental pollution identified under ESA’s Phase 1. The conducted soil and groundwater tests allow to determine its type, size and extent of pollution as well as to determine the further path of dealing with the contaminated area.

Carbon footprint

Construction is currently the sector with the highest share of CO 2 emissions in global gas emissions. The construction sector therefore has great potential to reduce environmental impact and optimize energy consumption.

We offer you an analysis of the carbon footprint of the investment, as well as the optimization of the carbon footprint at the investment planning stage. Detailed analyzes include a comparison of various design and operational variants in the following scope:

  • CO footprint 2 of building materials: LCA analysis of buildings based on the list of building materials included in the project; based on alternative design variants, it is possible to perform comparative analyzes and then select the most environmentally friendly technology for building the facility,
  • CO footprint of 2 construction phase,
  • trace of CO 2 of the operational phase, taking into account the equivalent energy expenditure for heating and air conditioning for various technologies of heat or cold sources (performing a comparative analysis for several variants of a heat source),
  • CO trace of 2 decommissioning of the object.

Ecological / natural supervision over the investment in progress

Environmental supervision during the implementation of the investment allows to avoid the situation of violating the regulations related to the protection of species of plants and animals and the related liability. The need for supervision may result from the provisions of the decision on environmental conditions (the so-called EIA decision) or an independent decision of the client who wants to protect the investment against the risk of unintentional destruction of valuable elements of nature.

Our specialists are ready to accompany you during construction and to protect your interests, ensuring that all requirements resulting from the Nature Conservation Act and other related acts are met. And in unforeseen situations requiring immediate intervention, they will take the necessary, ad hoc protective measures.

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