NEEDDA Property Condition Assessment (PCA) User Guide

PCA’s are a valuable tool for client to help owners, buyers, sellers, and/or lenders understand physical real estate assets and make informed decisions. Although ASTM has developed ASTM E2018 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process to provide a framework for PCA reports, the actual work performed can vary significantly. Costs can range from as little as $2,000 or well over $20,000 depending on the scope of work. Generally, with the higher fee comes greater depth of evaluation.

In an ideal world, everyone involved in a real estate transaction would have an in-depth understanding of the ASTM standard. (You can buy a copy of the standard here). However, if you haven’t had time to study the Standard, the discussion below may help you work with your consultant to promote a common understanding of your objectives and the limitations of the report.

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NEEDDA Announces Model Contract Documents

U.S. Nationwide – October 8, 2013 – The National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA), formed on December 19, 2012, has made its first move today with its founding members, seven of the nation’s largest due diligence consulting firms, announcing model contract documents available for use on engineering and environmental due diligence contracts.

For more information and FAQs on these model contract documents visit our About Us webpage, and visit our Documents webpage to view them.

NEEDDA Publicly Announces Formation

PRESS RELEASE: Nation’s Top Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firms Form New Association


U.S. Nationwide – September 24, 2013 – The National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA) publicly announced its formation today with seven founding members.  These founders, some of the nation’s largest due diligence consulting firms, include Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., EMG, Nova Consulting, IVI International, Inc., AEI Consultants, Dominion Due Diligence Group, and PM Environmental.


Clients of the member firms include national lenders, investors, brokers, attorneys, and other real estate transaction parties.


The founders met throughout 2013 to create bylaws for the non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote the common interests of engineering and environmental consulting stakeholders who provide due diligence for real estate transactions.”  Members must provide both engineering and environmental due diligence services and meet the membership criteria.


“We believe that as industry leaders, we have a responsibility to contribute to the betterment of the practice of due diligence,” commented Joseph Derhake, PE, President of Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.


“While participation to date has only been from member firms, we welcome participation from new members, clients, vendors and attorneys,” said Claude N. Limoges, CEO of EMG.


“We are very optimistic that through our collective experience and leadership, NEEDDA will be able to raise the bar on consistency and quality across the industry,” said Steve Cummings, CEO, Nova Consulting, Inc.


“NEEDDA is the premier national non-profit professional association developed  to promote the discipline of real estate technical due diligence services, to provide members of the industry with a code of ethics, consistent procedures, information, training and representation within the due diligence arena in order to protect the client.  We are proud to be a founding member and contributor to NEEDDA,” said Mario de Stefanis, LEED AP, Principal of IVI.


“Significant inconsistencies in contract language, scopes of work and technical deliverables, and in the professionals providing these services, have long been problems in the industry.  NEEDDA and our leadership seek to address this issue head on with education, white papers, conferences and the development of our own professional certification,” said Mike Kulka, P.E., CEO and Founder of PM Environmental & Engineering.


“We look forward to being a part of the conversation as the due diligence community evolves.  The emergence of an organization devoted to quality in both engineering and environmental due diligence is a natural next step. We’re excited to be a part of this effort,” stated Holly Neber, President, AEI Consultants.


“The innovative initiatives by NEEDDA are paramount to achieve consistency and accountability, whereby raising the professional standards of the due diligence industry,” said Robert Hazelton, president of Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G).


One of NEEDDA’s primary goals is to promote greater consistency and quality in due diligence practices through voluntary best practices.  NEEDDA’s plans include creating standard contract language and providing education, publications, conferences, research and accreditation and certification programs.


The association will make further announcements in the coming weeks.