Asbestos 101

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Hi! I’m Danielle with the Colorado Brownfields Partnership, and in this video, I’m giving you the 411 on asbestos, and what we can do to help.

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Hi! I’m Danielle with the Colorado Brownfields Partnership, and in this video, I’m giving you the 411 on asbestos, and what we can do to help.

Throughout the 20th century, a building material- called asbestos- was frequently used in flooring, insulation, drywall/walls, drywall mud and more. However, asbestos was identified as a health hazard in the 1970’s, and the use of asbestos as a building material is now illegal in the United States.

There are millions of structures built before 1980, so it’s safe to assume that the majority of them contain at least some asbestos in their building materials. While undisturbed, asbestos is not known to be harmful. However, once the process of renovation or demolition begins on these structures, they become brownfields due to the health risks of asbestos.

In these cases, the Colorado Brownfields Partnership works with Colorado property owners and developers to ensure asbestos is removed safely prior to disruption. This precaution allows brownfield sites across the state to be redeveloped safely into a more efficient use for the whole community.

Asbestos identification and removal can be pricey, but our resources may help. Our resources are limited and based upon a first come and first serve availability which include the following Asbestos resources include a free Targeted Brownfield Assessment, a low interest revolving loan fund, and several grant opportunities. It is key to use the resources with a redevelopment plan in place.  Reach out to us at the Colorado Brownfields Partnership for more information about the asbestos removal resources available to you.

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