Which Buildings Require Asbestos Testing Prior to Renovation/Demolition?

Which Buildings Require Asbestos Testing Prior to Renovation/Demolition?


Answer: All of Them.


One of the most common misconceptions is that a building built after 1980 cannot possibly contain asbestos, and not be subject to asbestos inspection and sampling provisions required by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). Products containing asbestos have not been completely banned in the U.S.

Some products still in use are:

  • Pipeline wrap
  • Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
  • Roofing felt and coatings
  • Shingles
  • Millboard
  • Gaskets
  • Automotive products

All buildings, except for residential structures of four or fewer dwelling units, are subject to Asbestos NESHAP regardless of the structure’s age. Prior to performing any renovation and/or demolition, the owner or operator must conduct an asbestos inspection, including bulk sample collection and analysis of any area of the structure that will be affected.


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