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About Encasement

Encasement = Abatement

The term “Abatement” is often thought to mean removal when in fact the term abatement means any set of measures designed to reduce or eliminate a hazardous condition or hazardous materials from a building or structure.

Dictionary Definition:  To lessen in amount, degree or intensity.

EPA Definition:  Reducing the degree or intensity of, or eliminating, pollution.

GLOBAL Encasement, Inc. non-toxic, low VOC, environmentally friendly Green Coatings for in place management are your best value investment for encasement and encapsulation of Asbestos Containing Materials and Lead-Based Paint.

In-Place Management
Landfills and Waste

The EPA has been recommending in place management and encapsulation/encasement whenever possible as the preferred abatement method for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and Lead-Based Paint (LBP) since 1990. They have concluded that the optimum solution is a system that prevents asbestos fiber and lead dust release, conforms to safety measures for installers and occupants of dwellings during implementation of corrective actions and lasts for the life of the building.

Since the early 1980s, four major methods have been used for the abatement of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) and Lead-Based Paint (LBP).

  • Encapsulation (covering the ACM or LBP with a sealant to prevent fiber release)
  • Enclosure (placing an air-tight barrier around the ACM or LBP)
  • Encasement  (covering the ACM or LBP with a hard setting sealing material – long-term solution)
  • Removal (only required if renovations will displace the building component or the building is being demolished)

Encasement

PROS

  • Installation does not disturb asbestos fibers or lead dust
  • Conforms to safety measures for installers and occupants of dwellings during implementation of corrective actions
  • Lasts for the life of the building
  • Minimal to no relocation of building occupants
  • Can be installed after work hours thereby limiting downtime in an organization
  • Does not affect the fireproof rating of the structure
  • Retains the superior fireproofing qualities of  asbestos
  • Prevents lead leachate
  • No need to scarify surfaces, remove walls or trim
  • Non-destructive — permits preservation of architectural features (wood, plaster, metals, etc.)
  • Excellent protection and preservation
  • Water-based (safe), non-toxic, low VOCs
  • Can be custom tinted
  • Protects surfaces from damage
  • Hazardous waste in place management eliminates hazmat waste transport and disposal

CONS

  • The hazardous materials are safely managed in place, still in the building doing what they were originally intended to do.

Removal

PROS
    • The hazardous materials are permanently removed from the premises yet the building owner and/or contractor owns the waste for life while stored at a landfill; and can be billed for its transport to another location when the landfill is moved or closed.

CONS

  • Project costs are 50-75% higher than with encasement
  • Removal of ACM or LBP causes the release of asbestos fibers and lead dust that can become airborne
  • Increases risk of fiber release subjects installers and/or occupants to the risk of inhaling the particulate matter
  • Requires certified and insured abatement professionals
  • Requires moving building occupants
  • Requires arranging alternative space for building occupants during the removal work
  • Requires restoring the building after removal is completed
  • Requires regulated disposal of hazardous waste which, alone, can amount to 30% of total abatement costs
  • Incurs hazmat transport fees
  • Incurs landfill fees
  • Building owner and/or contractor maintains ownership of the waste while it is stored in the landfill
  • The process is time consuming
  • Carries high insurance costs
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