Asbestos demolition surveys are a more in-depth analysis used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in building. This type of survey should be commissioned prior to either complete demolition or major refurbishment.
This type of survey is often referred to as a refurbishment and demolition survey. If referring to outdated legislation (pre-2012), this survey may also be referred to as a Type 3 Asbestos Survey.
The demolition survey will involve a more intrusive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas of a building (or portions being refurbished), including those that may be difficult to reach.
Asbestos demolition surveys are more intrusive and designed to identify all asbestos containing materials using more destructive techniques to access all elements of the buildings construction. The scope of the works should be agreed prior to the survey being carried out and may alter depending on whether the building is having a refurbishment or being demolished.
As this type of survey involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.
A site layout and any building plans, building specifications or architects drawings that may be available along with any documentation relating to previous asbestos work carried out on the property will need to be provided prior to the survey being carried out.
Once the survey has taken place, a report will be provided detailing the location of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Although the survey does not measure the condition of each ACM present, anything deemed to be unsafe or potentially dangerous will be highlighted.