Initiative Brownfield Solutions
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Project management, from acquisition, through commercial processing, to the sale of your properties.
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Experience with bioremediation options from America and Asia led to the founding of Geobality Europe GmbH.
Since then, Geobality, with its Research & Development, has positioned itself to bring globally proven remediation concepts to Europe. Especially in connection with already established concepts, we are pioneers for innovative applications in the field of bioremediation. Our individual "state of the art" solutions in the remediation of contaminated sites offer us opportunities to develop heavily contaminated sites in an economically viable manner, in order to then return them to the real estate market.
We now offer this holistic approach to site development to our clients to solve their problems.
Topic number 1 "Brownfields"
Our services range from damage assessment and the creation of new utilisation concepts to the sale of the properties. The initiative "Brownfield Solutions" secures the land recycling with a team of independent and long-time experienced specialised companies and therefore offers the possibilities of a successful introduction of the redeveloped areas into the real estate market. In order to implement this complete offer, we have been able to win over leading specialist companies as members for our initiative, who can be described as top players in the market, particularly in the introduction technology of the redevelopment methods, Sensatec, in the scientific and legally secure support, HPC International, as well as in the marketing of the properties, LogReal Immobilien.
Our project management for site development includes the coordination of the necessary disciplines in each case, e.g.
- Concept development
- Legal safeguarding
up to the marketing of the real estate
Kurt Maass – Geobality Europe GmbH
Managing Director & Co Founder
Sensatec GmbH is the leading technology provider for minimally invasive in-situ remediation technologies in Central Europe.
More than any other company, Sensatec GmbH specialises in the technical realisation of processes that can be used to eliminate pollutants in the subsoil without having to excavate and replace the soil material in question.
Remediation projects are carried out on the basis of a sound feasibility analysis.
Projects are initially designed in the company's own laboratories. For project implementation, the company has an extensive fleet of drilling rigs and special injection equipment at its disposal. If required, the necessary treatment plants, pipeline construction as well as electrical and sensor monitoring technology are manufactured by the company's own specialists and operated on site. All plants are remotely monitored via appropriate cloud-based technology.
Sensatec GmbH has well-known references from many important industrial sectors from the automotive industry, the oil and chemical industry as well as the manufacturing industry.
Customers and projects
Currently, approx. 150 remediation projects are being realised, mainly in the DACH region, which are supervised by a team of engineers, scientists and technicians at the locations in Kiel, Berlin, Cologne and Ulm. From there, mainly clients from industry as well as from the field of real estate development are served with the aim of restoring development perspectives to contaminated sites within manageable processing periods. In-situ remediation is also frequently carried out on active operating sites or on ongoing construction projects. A major advantage of minimally invasive in-situ remediation is the high degree of flexibility in its application, which also makes it easier to take into account the needs of further site use.
Sensatec GmbH is a framework contract partner of Deutsche Bahn AG and works successfully with almost all major environmental consulting companies. The reference list now includes over 300 successfully remediated sites at home and abroad.
An increasingly important clientele lies in the mining companies, which are also confronted with the topic of "environmental remediation" in the context of the aftercare of mining sites. For this reason, the company is also active in a number of remediation projects on the African continent.
Research and development
Within the framework of current research projects with German and European partners, Sensatec GmbH's remediation technologies are constantly being further developed in order to maintain the company's technological lead over its market competitors. The company's innovative technologies are secured by a number of patents and exclusive licences, e.g. for the implementation of remediation procedures using horizontal drilling and the remediation of special pollutants.
Sustainability of the remediation procedures
Dr. Stephan Hüttmann
HPC INTERNATIONAL is a member of the HPC AG Group and brings specialist expertise and remediation skills as well as real estate management to the "Brownfield Solutions" network. In essence, the aim is to secure development projects on brownfields with contaminated sites in a sustainable and transparent manner. This is made possible above all by "hand-in-hand planning" with the respective project developers, because HPC INTERNATIONAL can recognise technical and financial project traps as well as potential "deal breakers" at a very early stage from its more than 30 years of experience and identify project solutions.
The following project development types can be distinguished in land recycling:
Typ 1a: Basische Brownfields mit sporadischen Kontaminanten wie Kohlenwasserstoffe (MKW) und Schwermetallen (SM), z.B. aus Auffüllmaterialien.
Type 1b: Basic brownfields like type 1a. and building contaminants (such as asbestos, wood preservatives like lindane, PCP, arsenic...).
Type 2a: Brownfields with low levels of contaminated sites such as PCH, SM, sporadically occurring solvents (LHKW, BTEX) e.g. from backfill material and historical uses.
Type 2b: Brownfields with low levels of contaminated sites like type 2a and some building contaminants (such as asbestos, wood preservatives like lindane, PCP, arsenic...).
Type 3a: Contaminated sites with CHCs, SMs, solvents (LHKW, BTEX), PAHs, HETs, possibly sporadically occurring pollutants such as PCBs, cyanides, explosive ordnance, etc., e.g. from backfill materials and historical activities.
Type 3b: Contaminated sites like type 3a. plus building contaminants (like asbestos, wood preservatives like lindane, PCP, arsenic...) and/or underground structures & wastes, like tanks, barrels, old pipes, etc.
Type 4a: Brownfields and contaminated sites of types 1a. to 3a. with additional special cases, such as PFAS (PFC), PCDD/F contamination, significant CHC contamination e.g. in groundwater and soil gas, aromatic amines, military pollutants such as nitroaromatics and/or warfare agents (CWA), etc.
Type 4b: Brownfields and contaminated sites of types 1b. to 3b. with additional special cases such as type 4a. as well as the same pollutants in buildings and waste.
A three-stage process ensures sustainable brownfield project development:
This stage is based on HPC INTERNATIONAL's more than 30 years of experience and, among other things, on the ASTM E1527-21 standard of 01.11.2021 (on Environmental Real Estate Due Diligence). This includes the identification of historical and current site activities and potential pollutants and risk zones to be investigated. Furthermore, the geological subsoil, groundwater depths & flow directions as well as potential natural risks are determined.
In this phase, brownfields and contaminated sites are chemically investigated (pollutants in the soil, groundwater, soil gas and in buildings, but also geophysically possible explosive ordnance such as bombs, grenades as well as possible underground pipelines, tanks, barrels, etc.). Soil and groundwater sampling is carried out with DAkkS accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018.
Due Diligence Phase 3:
Due Diligence Phase 3: Based on the geophysical & chemical survey results, the potential hazards (or risks) of the existing contaminant mixtures are assessed by TERQ*. This site-specific hazard assessment is carried out for the potential future site use(s) and development(s). The TERQ also defines remediation targets to eliminate unacceptable risks (or hazards) according to BA161a*.
The exclusion of unacceptable risks (or hazards) for a remediation and development project can be guaranteed and certified with this approach.
The aim is to obtain a development site that can be used without risk from a guaranteed, transparent as well as sustainable, budget & legally secure land recycling.
The due diligence phases are then followed by redevelopment (or redevelopment planning and monitoring). For this purpose, the following steps are secured for final budget and legal certainty:
The technical-economic feasibility of biochemical and microbiological in-situ remediation, such as DNBA (Dynamised Natural Bio-Attenuation), is also investigated.
Preparation of a remediation plan describing the planning and implementation of the remediation options and the site remediation (master plan). This remediation plan, based on the various phases of investigation (due diligence 1, 2, 3 as well as the feasibility studies of the remediation investigations), is coordinated with the competent authorities. As a rule, this leads to a contract under public law (ÖRV), which is concluded between the authority, the site owner/obligated party and, if applicable, the users. HPC INTERNATIONAL is available to advise the parties and lawyers involved.
Such „Liability Select“-insurance coverage then insures the owner against possible residual risks at the site, such as further previously unknown contamination. The site can then, for example, also be sold at an increased value with its insurance cover.
Contact for sustainable site development with maximum budget & legal certainty.
Brownfield expertise to combat the lack of space:
All logistics hotspots in Germany are facing the challenge that has a negative impact on expansion and growth: There is a lack of the necessary space. Thanks to years of activity as an agent for land and logistics properties for trade, industry and e-commerce, LogReal-DieLogistikimmobilie has a large network with whose expertise and flair new locations are discovered and developed for investors and owner-occupiers. It is not uncommon for well-founded location analyses to show that areas beyond the established hotspots are also ideally suited to individual, specific requirements. Take advantage of this settlement advice - and benefit from outstanding competence in the search for land, in the marketing of space and in location marketing.
The right decision: location analysis and settlement advice
Land revitalisation as an alternative to new sealing
Brownfields: Long-term value enhancement and marketing advantages
In the long term, however, the investment in brownfields pays off: an infrastructure for electricity, water or internet is usually just as available as a functioning transport connection. Municipalities support the removal of brownfield land, which is often seen as an eyesore.
The greatest advantage of brownfields, however, comes from their preferred location. The appreciation of the site and marketing advantages very quickly outweigh the higher development costs. For investors and owner-occupiers/tenants focused on sustainability and ecological value standards, brownfields often rank above greenfields after successful redevelopment: harmful environmental impacts have been eliminated or encapsulated and, moreover, neither valuable agricultural land nor natural resources worthy of protection have been consumed.
Regardless of the location or region you are looking for, whether you prefer a site as a greenfield or whether you are also enthusiastic about brownfields and/or brownfield sites - use the regional expertise of LogReal-DieLogistikimmobilie for your success.
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