Refurbishment and demolition surveys are very invasive. The surveyor will need access to all areas of a building/area, including wall, ceiling and floor voids, in order to determine if asbestos is present. The surveyor will also take samples of bulk materials to confirm whether or not the material contains asbestos. The bulk materials will be sent to an accredited laboratory for analysis to determine if asbestos is present, and if so what type of asbestos is present.
If only part of a building is to be refurbished or demolished, then only this part of the building will require the invasive survey. It is recommended that a management survey is performed in areas of the building that will not be affected by refurbishment and/or demolition works.
Our asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys reports typically include an asbestos register with all identified asbestos and ACMs and a bulk sample laboratory analysis report. Material assessment algorithms are not routinely performed on these surveys as the asbestos and ACMs will be removed in order to perform refurbishment and/or demolition works. If there is a delay (e.g. 3 months or longer) between the asbestos survey and start of the refurbishment and/or demolition works, a material assessment is recommended for all ACMs.