New to the Nova Team – February 2016

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New to the Nova Team – December 2015

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Nova Expands International Reach

It has been a busy year for Nova in Europe. We have delivered a range of projects, including property and environmental assessments on sites in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. During the year, we have worked on a number of large portfolios and have seen strong growth in several property areas, including logistics sites, offices, retail units, and land acquisitions. In particular, we have noted a continued growth of projects in the Netherlands, where both debt and equity project ... Read more

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Construction Workplace

Construction sites have a lot of equipment moving around, elevated work platforms, electrical installations, high-voltage systems, and often require heavy lifting. They can be dangerous places, but that doesn’t have to mean injury or illness. Slips, trips, falls, electrical shocks or burns, and blows from heavy or sharp objects can all be prevented with a strong workplace safety and health program. The effectiveness of a company in preventing injury and illness depends on the ability of employees to recognize both high-risk ... Read more

Freddie Mac Offers a $5,000 Green Rebate for Obtaining an Energy Star Score

A $5,000 Green Rebate is available from Freddie Mac for first time borrowers on multifamily buildings with 20 or more units and an Energy Star Score. Benchmarking your property also has the following benefits:   Nova has extensive experience providing this service:   Nova’s Strategic Energy Group will provide a phone consultation to discuss the results of your benchmark and optional solutions for reducing your energy consumption. Our goal is to work with building owners to reduce operating expenses and increase your bottom line.   *For online accounts, account ... Read more

Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: What you need to know

This white paper was created by Nova Consulting Group, Inc. (Nova), for environmental due diligence users and environmental risk managers as a tool to assess petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI) risk to buildings that overlie or are near petroleum-contaminated soil and/or groundwater. In June 2015, the EPA produced a document titled Technical Guide For Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion At Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites (EPA PVI Guide – EPA 510-R). This document states that  “in contrast to chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons generally biodegrade ... Read more

Eighteen New Team Members!

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Red Flags That Can Impact Your Real Estate Deal

Nova works directly with banks and real estate investors to provide Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Assessments, and Seismic Reports that meet their needs during an acquisition or sale or to satisfy agency regulations. It is our goal to provide our clients with a dedicated deal team that works closely with all parties to help the due diligence process go smoothly. However, properties have a history, and it is our job to uncover that history so that there are no (expensive) ... Read more

Hearing Loss Continues Despite Prevention Efforts

Hearing protection should happen off the job as well as on the job Despite efforts by industrial companies to protect workers against hearing loss, agencies that collect data on occupational hearing protection are seeing a continuing rise in the number of people sustaining hearing loss—and at a much younger age. The problem is not just amplitude (how loud) but also frequency (how often). When the Walkman portable audio cassette player was introduced by Sony in the mid-1980s, I was working with a plant ... Read more
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