Some of the largest consulting firms in the U.S. have banded together to form The National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA).
NEEDDA gets started with seven founding members, including Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., EMG, Nova Consulting, IVI International, Inc., AEI Consultants, Dominion Due Diligence Group, and PM Environmental & Engineering.
The founders met throughout 2013 to create bylaws for the non-profit organization, which has a mission to “promote the common interests of engineering and environmental consulting stakeholders who provide due diligence for real estate transactions.”
“We believe that as industry leaders, we have a responsibility to contribute to the betterment of the practice of due diligence,” said Joseph Derhake, PE, president of Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. in a September 24, 2013 statement to media.
Members must provide both engineering and environmental due diligence services and meet the membership criteria.
“Significant inconsistencies in contract language, scopes of work and technical deliverables, and in the professionals providing these services, have long been problems in the industry,” said Mike Kulka, P.E., CEO and Founder of PM Environmental in the joint statement. “NEEDDA and our leadership seek to address this issue head on with education, white papers, conferences and the development of our own professional certification.”
For more information about the National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association, visit www.NEEDDA.net.