Chinese Drywall – Commercial

Environmental Risks In COMMERCIAL PROPERTY


Chinese Drywall

What You Need to Know

Chinese drywall was installed primarily in residential structures mostly in the south and parts of the western USA but commercial applications did occur

Has a distinctive odor similar to a burnt match smell

Most, if not all, Chinese drywall has been ½” in thickness

Will corrode copper, silver, aluminum, chrome, and some stainless steel but no galvanized metals

What You Need to Do

Conduct visual and/or X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing to confirm presence

Remove drywall that is causing problems

Consideration should be given to removing any impacted metals and/or cleaning of porous materials

Myths and Misconceptions

Rotten egg odors are indicative of the presence of Chinese drywall-FALSE

Health complaints have been confirmed with exposure to Chinese drywall gases-FALSE

Air testing is a good diagnostic tool to confirm the presence of Chinese drywall-FALSE

Expert Services:
Commercial Property

Due Diligence

  • Site Investigations/Inspections
  • Cause of Loss Identification
  • Regulatory Review
  • Recommendations for Regulatory Compliance and Liability Protection
  • Emergency Response

Project Scope Development: New Construction, Renovation/Demolition

  • Creative Scope of Work Development
  • Liability Minimization
  • Project Oversight
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Client Interface

Emergency Response

  • Inspections/Moisture Mapping/Material Impacts
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Exposure Evaluation/Health Risk Consulting
  • Contractor Coordination
  • Media Interface

Operations and Maintenance

Expert Testimony

  • Environmental Risk
  • Employee/Occupant Health Risk

Education and Training

  • Risk Management Environmental Toolkits
  • Operations and Maintenance Programs
  • Competency Based Education Programs
  • Water Intrusion Plans
  • Hazard Assessment Critical Control Point (HACCP) Programs
  • White Paper Development

Webinars/Seminars- Managing Risk and Liability

  • Asbestos
  • Lead Based Paint
  • Mold and Water Intrusion
  • Wildfire Impact
  • Legionella
  • Bedbugs
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Norovirus

Commercial Property Risk Alert Service

  • Emerging Environmental Risk Information and Recommendations
  • Emerging Health Risk Exposure Information and Recommendations