Here’s How Our 30 Years of Environmental Consulting Experience Saved One
Client $310,000 on Their Residential Development.
If you’re a builder, developer or government agency requiring the help of environmental consultants to facilitate the sale, purchase or development of land, then the information on this page could save you tens, and possibly even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why?
Because environmental approvals are potentially one of the most elastic expense variables in property development, and what most people don't realise is that one of the biggest determinants of the total costs of obtaining environmental approvals is the capability and experience of your environmental consultant.
That's why we've compiled this webpage using "live" videos shot during real consulting jobs we've done, backed up with case study costings, to demonstrate beyond doubt how we can help you achieve environmental compliance more efficiently. Invest a few minutes now and learn how we saved one client $310,000 off the total cost of their residential development, and how, by applying similar principles, we could save you tens and possibly even hundreds of thousands of dollars off your next project. Watch Video 1 now.
Environmental Site Remediation Video (1 of 2 Videos on this Page)
Environmental Consultants Melbourne
Atma Environmental (613) 9429 6955.
How Could My Choice of Environmental Consultants Possibly Have Such a Big
Bearing on the Total Cost of Obtaining an Environmental Approval?
As someone not expert in environmental science, you could be forgiven for thinking that all environmental consultants are the same. But the truth is they aren't. And thinking that they are could be as harmful to achieving your best outcome as it would be to assume that all lawyers are the same heading into a critical litigation.
Everyone knows that the experience and quality of legal advisers differs, and that the experience of your lawyer can make an enormous difference to the success of a case. But very few people realise that the same principles hold true in environmental consulting.
But here's the truth. Just as there is no simple cookie cutter approach to winning a court case, there is no simple cookie cutter approach to obtaining an environmental approval. The issues involved are as unique and complex as the history of the property (case), and added to that, environmental compliance regulations are complex and intricate (just like law).
That means on any given piece of land there are a myriad of variables and approaches to be assessed and considered; and your environmental consultant's ability to choose the best, most cost-effective approach can make tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars difference to your bottom line.
So why is this decision making so critical?
Because in most cases it’s the disbursements (i.e. the costs of the works that need to be done to achieve compliance) that make up the bulk of your environmental compliance costs; NOT the consulting fees charged by Atma environmental or any other environmental consultant.
So here's the clinch. When a consultants approach, decision making and project management skills are THE most vital inputs determining your best result, the experience of your environmental consultant becomes THE critical issue determining the overall cost effectiveness of achieving compliance.
That's why Atma Environmental are the go-to environmental consultants for so many builders, government departments and property developers in Melbourne. We manage site testing and clean up issues second to none. Our Director Glenn Berry has over 30 years experience in contaminated land management and he oversees every job undertaken by our company. His commitment is that your job be managed like it was his own; which is why very few companies match us for effective planning and decision making.
This extra care can make a HUGE difference to your bottom line cost, and if you watch Video 2 on this page now, you'll see how we go about ensuring you achieve environmental compliance in the timeliest and most cost-effective manner. Then read on to see case study figures showing how our superior consulting methodologies create a six figure cost saving on a residential development.
Soil Contaminant Testing, Sampling & Reduced Soil Disposal Costs (Video 2 of 2)
Environmental Consultants Melbourne
Atma Environmental (613) 9429 6955.
Here's How Our Consulting Experience Could Save You Six Figures on a Typical Residential Development
Imagine you're a property developer considering purchasing land that you’d like to create residential housing on. Understanding the importance of environmental due diligence, you engage Atma Environmental to check the land prior to purchase. We do soil testing and find a hidden environmental liability in the form of high levels of arsenic in the soil. (See a real life consulting situation like this in Video 1 on this page). Soil contamination is a potentially expensive issue on development sites, because site clean-up costs will be required by the Auditor to grant building approvals and can add considerable expense to any proposed development; in fact, in some cases these costs can be the difference bewteen a profitable and a non-viable investment!
But armed with a due diligence assessment from Atma Environmental, you have all the critical information about environmental issues that may affect you project, protecting you from loss through ignorance. Factoring in the likely cost of the arsenic clean-up, you realise that if the vendor won't compromise on price, you need to walk away from this deal. So, using our report as evidence, you negotiate an $85,000 discount on the price of the land because of the known soil contamination
Great! Next you’ll need to achieve the clean-up of the arsenic on site in the most cost effective manner possible, and this is the area where Atma Environmental excels. We consider all possible options when we plan our site clean-up projects so we can achieve compliance for you in the least expensive way possible.
We are also renowned for our fast job turnaround and responsive customer service, which alone has saved many of our clients tens of thousands of dollars, because time is money on land deals, and even more so on building sites (e.g.down time, interest paid on loans, site security etc). So our faster than average job turnaround creates additional savings. Then consider the savings we create through better on site decision making and planning (e.g. reduced soil disposal costs - see Video 2 for real life examples of how we did this for one client), and you're "ïn the know" as to how our environmental consulting can add value to your land deals by producing faster, less expensive environmental compliance outcomes, which means a more profitable development. In fact, savings on the example we have just discussed would easily run into six figures!
Here's How a Six Figure Cost Saving was Achieved in This Example.
Savings on Land Purchase: Negotiated discount on land as a result of identifying arsenic on site$85,000
Savings on Holding & Other Costs: Completing ahead of schedule, faster job turnaround creating savings on the bridging finance and the total costs of the loan $18,000
Reduced Soil Disposal Costs: 150m3 of soil needed to be disposed. The minimum requirement of six soil testing samples are taken with one sample indicating the soil is 'Category B', and the other five indicate ' Category C Prescribed Industrial Waste' . Based on the highest result the soil must be categorised as 'Category B' and the cost to dispose is 150 m3 x $1600/m3 = $240,000.
However, because our standard operating procedure is to collect at least 10 samples, we were able to test four additional samples and re-evaluate the categorisation based on a mean (average) value as ‘Category C’. The cost to dispose is now 150 m3 x $220/m3 = $33,000!
The savings on soil disposal alone were $207,000
TOTAL SAVINGS $310,000.
Now Look at These REAL Customers Thank You Letters
Our Areas of Expertise Include: environmental site assessments (Phase 1 ESA, phase 2-3 ESA for contaminated land auditing and other purposes), underground fuel storage tank removal (UST decommissioning), soil contaminant testing and disposal; groundwater assessment and monitoring and the provision of expert consulting advice (environmental project management, peer review, etc) in Melbourne, Australia.
You can rely on Atma Environmental for fast, cost effective environmental management services regarding any issue associated with contaminated land and site remediation, environmental site assessments, ESA's, contaminated land audits, and any associated environmental consulting and project management.