Alpine Asbestos Inspections is a division within Plateau Environmental focusing specifically on providing solutions for asbestos containing building materials in commercial and residential buildings.  Alpine Asbestos Inspections is a Colorado Registered  Asbestos Consulting firm with certified asbestos building inspectors, management planners and asbestos air monitoring specialists on staff.  In addition to scheduled services, Alpine Asbestos Inspections provides emergency inspection services for renovation/demolition and fire response 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Know before you buy!  Alpine Asbestos Inspections recommends all real estate transactions go through an asbestos survey as part of the protection offered finance companies.  Numerous clients have purchased property with the intent of renovating in the future and are shocked not only to find out they have asbestos containing material but the cost to remove asbestos is sometimes well beyond budget.

Below is a document that is provided by the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding renovation and demolition activities.

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BUILDING RENOVATION AND DEMOLITION
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Are you Remodeling, Renovating or Demolishing?
You are subject to State and Federal Regulations requiring inspection for asbestos. Avoid penalties and delays: have your project inspected for asbestos by a Colorado-certified asbestos building inspector before commencing work.

It is illegal to improperly disturb asbestos containing materials!
Asbestos can be found in these and other common building materials: Ceiling textures, vinyl floor coverings and mastic, boiler and pipe insulation, heating and cooling duct insulation, ceiling tile, roofing products, clapboard shingles, etcetera. These materials are regulated; a certified asbestos inspector can determine which materials contain asbestos and which are regulated. Buildings of any age may contain asbestos; even those newly built may have asbestos-containing materials.

For ALL Renovation Projects:
• Buildings of any age may contain asbestos; even those newly built may have asbestos containing materials.
• Inspection: the structures/components to be disturbed must be inspected for asbestos by a state- certified asbestos inspector. Contact CDPHE or go to our web site for a current list of Asbestos Inspectors http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/asbeshom.asp or Asbestos Building Inspector Consulting firms can be found in the yellow pages section of most telephone books, under the heading “Asbestos Consulting and Testing”.
• If the amount of asbestos-containing material to be disturbed exceeds the following trigger levels than an abatement contractor must remove the material.
o Trigger levels means amounts of material as follows:
• With regard to single-family residential dwellings, the trigger levels are 50 linear feet on pipes, 32 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.
• With regard to all areas other than single-family residential dwellings, the trigger levels are 260 linear feet on pipes, 160 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.
• A certified removal contractor (General Abatement Contractor) must remove asbestos-containing materials that are regulated or may become regulated before they are disturbed by renovation or demolition activities. Contact CDPHE or go to our web site for a current list of General Abatement Contractors http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/asbeshom.asp or Contractors can be found in the yellow pages section of most telephone books, under the heading “Asbestos Abatement”.
• Notification: A written notification to CDPHE, payment of a notification fee and ten (10) working day waiting period is required before the removal (abatement) of regulated asbestos containing materials.

• Regulated asbestos-containing waste material must be disposed of at an approved asbestos waste disposal site.

Demolitions, Destructive Salvage, House Moving
If you demolish, perform destructive salvage, perform de-construction, burn, destroy, dismantle, dynamite, implode, knock down, level, pull down, pulverize, raze, tear down, wreck all of a structure or structural components or you move a house you are subject to State and Federal Regulations even when there is NO asbestos in the facility.

Prior to Demolition:
• Inspection: the building must be inspected for asbestos by a state-certified asbestos inspector. Contact CDPHE or go to our web site for a current list of Asbestos Inspectors http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/asbeshom.asp or Asbestos Building Inspector Consulting firms can be found in the yellow page section of most telephone books, under the heading “Asbestos Consulting and Testing”.
• Asbestos Removal (if necessary) must be performed by a Colorado-certified General Abatement Contractor. Any asbestos containing material that is friable or will be made friable during demolition activities must be removed prior to demolition. Removal, in accordance with Regulation No. 8, is required if the amount of asbestos-containing material that is friable or will become friable during demolition exceeds the trigger levels.
• Notification of Demolition Form must be submitted to the CDPHE, even if no asbestos was found during the inspection, payment of a notification fee and ten (10) working day waiting period is required before the demolition can proceed.

During Demolition:
• Recycling of materials, such as concrete or wood, that are bonded or contaminated with asbestos- containing material (ACM), such as floor tile or mastic, is NOT permitted.
• Demolition of a building that has non-friable asbestos containing VAT or tar-impregnated roofing materials remaining must be completed without causing the asbestos-containing materials to become friable. Concrete floors covered with floor tile shall be removed in as large sections as possible. Operations such as crushing, pneumatic jacking, etc. of materials containing asbestos are not permitted.
• When imploding or burning a structure, ALL asbestos-containing material, regardless of quantity, must be removed prior to demolition.

For More Information, please contact:
Asbestos Compliance Assistance Group Asbestos and Demolition Permit Coordinator Phone: (303) 692-3100
Fax: (303) 782-0278
Toll Free: 1-800-886-7689
Web page: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/asbeshom.asp Email address: asbestos@state.co.us

All asbestos abatement and demolition permit application forms are available from our web site or by calling the asbestos program.

HAVE YOUR PROJECT INSPECTED BY A COLORADO-CERTIFIED ASBESTOS BUILDING INSPECTOR BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Violation of asbestos regulations can result in monetary penalties and project delays.