Pre-Demolition Building Inspection

Hazardous waste generated from building demolitions presents a threat to environmental and public health. Demolishing a building can release these toxic substances into the air, causing severe respiratory diseases, birth complications, and some types of cancer. Pre-demolition building inspections are required to prevent contamination of soil, groundwater, and the air around the site and at landfills that accept demolition waste.


Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (MEC) can identify materials that should or must be removed from the building before demolition. With over two decades of experience, MEC is widely recognized as the most consistent provider of pre-demolition inspections. Our inspection team looks for the presence of universal wastes, hazardous and toxic wastes, and asbestos-containing materials.

By identifying environmental issues before beginning the demolition process, hazardous materials can be included in demolition bid specifications. Thus, a pre-demolition building inspection allows your agency to have more input in the demolition process instead of letting prospective bidders make the determination.

Our pre-demolition surveys are designed to meet the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants and state requirements that must be completed before the demolition or renovation of any commercial or public building.

A pre-demolition
inspection determines:

  • The condition of the site and the building at the site

  • The environmental issues at the side

  • The scope of environmental problems

  • The size of the building at the building materials that are present

  • Other information needed to make decisions about the types of bids to seek


Using a pre-demolition building inspection to prepare a detailed request for bids reduces misinterpretation and differences of opinion about the scope of your demolition project.

All samples are examined by a licensed analyst from an independent third-party laboratory which is accredited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and takes part in the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).

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