Environmental Safeguard Professionals (Safeguard) – WEB Site: http://www.espusa.net
Overview. Consistent with the market positioning established in ESP’s initial business plan and subsequently amended in November 2007. Safeguard has developed a program that consists of a suite of services when used together comprise what management believes to be “The Industry’s Best in Class Inspection.”
The branding of this program is called the Certified Environmental Home Inspector Program (“CEHI Program”). We believe that the CEHI Program represents the keystone for environmental services supporting the residential real-estate mortgage, banking and insurance industries in their ability to manage losses through moisture related claims. We also believe that the CEHI Program will play a significant role in managing the health and indoor air quality of the environments where people work and live.
One of the programs we provide as a part of the CEHI program is our Healthy Assurance Certification (“HAC”). After a 203 checkpoint inspection has been conducted by one of our CEHIs, a subject property that passes inspection receives a HAC. The HAC is placed in the window closest to the main entrance of the building in order to alert visitors that the subject property promotes a healthy living environment through management of potentially harmful indoor air quality issues and is valid for 12 months.
We also offer a pro-active comprehensive subscription based annual maintenance process called the Healthy Living Maintenance Program (“HLMP”) to all residential properties that have received a HAC. Once a subject property receives an initial HAC it is eligible to subscribe to the HLMP. Every 12 months, a new 203 checkpoint inspection is conducted and after any issues, if required, are corrected a new HAC is issued. We believe that the HLMP adds value to a property and mitigates risk for the insurance, mortgage banking, building, real estate, and property management industries by reducing claims, instilling confidence in property safety, and promoting a positive green image.
Safeguard, while developing the CEHI Program, has engaged in working relationships with five industry participants, the National Association of Moisture Management (“NAMM”), Porter Valley Software, Inc., EMLabs P&K, Environmental Data Resources Inc. (“EDR”), and CMC Energy Services, Inc. (“CMC”).
By accepting NAMM’s inspection protocols as the basis for the moisture inspection, EMLabs P&K’s MoldScore™ as the prime method of sample analysis and by bringing it all together, utilizing the core of the InspectVue™ application from Porter Valley as the software platform, ESP has constructed a system that we believe produces a universally accepted standardized report for moisture related issues using the best science currently available to determine if any mold that may be present poses a hazard.
Safeguard’s CEHI Program, which includes the Certified Moisture Inspection, MoldScore™ analysis and the Annual Mold & Moisture Maintenance services, meets the requirements of the “mold prevention and maintenance plan (“MPMP”) as defined in the “Mold Steps Toward Clarity A White Paper by the Mold Working Group Updated: July 2007” published by the Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (“COMBOG”) Underwriting and Closing Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
By integrating the services of EDR and CMC, management believes the CEHI Program can provide abridged Phase I environmental reports and energy use inspections.
The CEHI Program is all about risk management for the individual. Management believes it is a significant tool to assess the health of one’s environment. Management believes that for the industry, it provides an easily understood, standardized way of assessing the risks of their policies, regardless of location.
Service Description. The services included in the CEHI Program are comprised of what management believes to be highly advanced and standardized on-line and automated procedural protocols developed in concert with each of the four industry participants, ESP, NAMM, EMLab P&K, Porter Valley Software, EDR and CMC. It is a requirement that all CEHI’s utilize the on-line system when delivering any of the CEHI Program services. By working with nationally recognized industry leaders, management believes that we have developed state of the art “best in class” procedures providing the residential real-estate and insurance industries the ability to manage losses through claim reduction.
Management believes that clients utilizing CEHIs, can be assured that every single employee or approved vendor who provides services through the CEHI Program has obtained the industries’ best training, certifications and equipment required to provide the CEHI’s Program’s services.
Management believes that the CEHI Program also benefits the individual inspector. Approved vendors of Safeguard who deliver CEHI Program services are anticipated to have the ability to deliver more effective inspections and meaningful reports, as well as the ability to provide additional environmental services (e.g.: Allergen Screening, Energy/Environmental reports and Radon testing). The CEHI's ability to provide certain environmental services may be subject state or federal law and/or additional training requirements.
ESP has centralized its National Call Center and Customer Services offices to Palm Springs, CA.
Porter Valley Software (PVS) – WEB Site: http://www.pvsoftware.com
PVS has developed various software programs which have been designed specifically for corporate applications that require highly detailed drill-down solutions, including but not limited to InspectVue Report-Writers.
InspectVue Report-Writers is a software application used by CEHI’s for both residential and commercial structural, moisture, environmental and fireplace inspections. InspectVue Report-Writers uses PVS’ PVS Inspection Platform™ as its underlying technology to accumulate and record specific and unique data on every building inspected. In January 2005, PVS won the Innovations Award presented by The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors for its InspectVue line of Professional Report-Writers.
We believe that PVS will become a core component of the on-line and automated procedural protocols, including but not limited to new energy inspection requirements, we are developing in concert with other industry participants.
National Professional Services, Inc. (NPS) – WEB Site: http://www.npservicesinc.com
Overview. NPS is a management company whose services include complete organization and association management, advisory council and board of director coordination, seminars, conferences, graphic design and printing, accounting and reporting and consulting. NPS provides comprehensive management services for seven different membership organizations of which four are both National and International Organizations. NPS maintains a servicing facility in Phoenix, Arizona which includes a fully trained staff, conference room, library, accounting services and a computer room updated with the latest server technology.
NPS is a full service association management company with the ability to work with trade associations that have between 250 members to 50,000 members.
Description of Associations.
Founded in 1966, the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (“NAREA”) is a professional organization of real estate appraisers. NAREA is one of the largest professional associations in the United States. Management believes that NAREA has earned the credibility and public trust needed when affiliating with a professional organization. Management believes that the Code of Ethics and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (“USPAP”), to which members must adhere, provides the industry with the assurance it needs when accepting an appraisal report from a NAREA designated member. Along with the regular nationwide seminars and an annual Appraisal Expo Conference, members receive bi-monthly newsletters, appraisal guidelines, updates on regulations, the Annual Membership Directory, legislative monitoring of the issues affecting the appraisal industry and much more.
The Environmental Assessment Association (“EAA”) is an international organization dedicated to providing members with information and education in the environmental industry relating to environmental inspections and testing. EAA represents thousands of environmental professionals who provide services to a wide variety of clients including lenders, federal & state agencies and private companies. EAA’s membership consists of environmental inspectors, lenders, remediation firms and government agencies. The Environmental Assessment Association offers several professional designations and memberships which management believes makes the association one of the largest in the world for environmental professionals. EAA has worked closely with Environmental Protection Agencies and management believes that EAA is at the forefront of the environmental industry maintaining a well earned reputation of “being involved.”
Management believes that the Association of Construction Inspectors (“ACI”) is the largest professional organization for those involved in construction inspection and construction project management. Management also believes that ACI is the leading association providing standards, guidelines, regulations, education, training, and professional recognition in a field that has quickly become critical for both residential and commercial construction. Management believes that members of ACI provide a vital service to the construction industry, providing both construction inspections (verifying percentage of completion for the purpose of draw requests) and construction project management (providing full construction monitoring, paying of the contractor and sub-contractors, verifying each stage of construction and reporting to the client).
The Housing Inspection Foundation (“HIF”) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the promotion and development of Home Inspection. HIF was created to provide members with information, education, standards, ethics, and professional recognition. Management believes that the home inspection industry is the fastest growing profession today. Management believes that this creates new opportunities for those who are involved in the real estate, construction or environmental fields who are willing to learn how to perform these vital services-including home inspectors, building inspectors, real estate professionals, construction inspectors, and remodeling contractors.
The International Real Estate Institute (“IREI”) is a professional organization founded in 1966, making available real estate professionals to those requiring Professional Realty Reports. Management believes that IREI is one of the largest professional associations in the world, with more members in more cities than any other organization. Management believes that IREI has earned the credibility and public trust one needs when affiliating with a professional organization. Management believes that the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Professional Real Estate Practice, to which members must adhere, provides the industry the assurance it needs when accepting an appraisal report from an IREI designated member. Professionally presented education programs enhance the member's knowledge. Along with weekly seminars and an annual Realtor Expo and Conference, members receive bi-monthly Newsletters, real estate guidelines, updates on regulations, the Annual Membership Directory, legislative monitoring of the issues affecting the real estate industry and much more.
The International Society of Meeting Planners (“ISMP”) is a professional organization founded in 1966, making available professional meeting planners. Management believes that ISMP is one of the largest professional associations in the United States with more members in more cities than any other organization. Management believes that ISMP has earned the credibility and public trust one needs when affiliating with a professional organization. Management believes that the Code of Ethics and Uniform Standards of Professional Meeting Planners Practice, to which members must adhere, provides the industry the assurance it needs when accepting a meeting report from an ISMP designated member. Professionally presented education programs enhance the member's knowledge. In addition to the weekly seminars and an Annual Planners Expo and Conference, members receive bi-monthly Newsletters, meeting guidelines, updates on regulations, the Annual Membership Directory and legislative monitoring of the issues affecting the industry.