Land Update

While it’s been a while since we blogged last, we’ve been actively investigating Maine and potential properties. Thus far, we’ve put in 2 offers, but are now back to searching for the home for HFC. On our list – environmental suitability, with some water course for recreation, within a reasonable driving distance to organic groceries. Please keep HFC in your …

Water Quality

Water, Water, Water Everywhere – but is it safe to drink? During due diligence, an investigation of the quality of the water supply should be undertaken to properly prepare what system you’ll need to include in your build or home. If the property is undeveloped, look for streams, ponds or lakes that are on or near the property. Take a …

Radon

Especially important to canaries is the level of radon in the proposed building site. Radon is a toxic gas formed from the natural decay of uranium in soil. If allowed to accumulate within a building, the inhalation of the gas by the building’s occupants could result in death. Radon cannot be prevented. It can only be mitigated. When selecting a …

Changing Technologies

Technology changes rapidly, especially in the field of communication services. One new technology on the horizon is the delivery of internet by the use of airplanes. Typically, electromagnetic waves are generated from towers that hold the communication equipment. Now that equipment may be on airplanes, flying overhead. When a site is under consideration, be sure to examine the airplane flight …

Site Mapping for Electromagnetic Forces

Since HFC will be providing accommodations for individuals suffering negative impacts from electromagnetic forces, it is prudent to conduct a site survey as part of our canary specific due diligence. There are several commercial operations offering this service. The analysis of electromagnetic forces can be measured both below and above ground. A mapping of these forces and their intensity will greatly assist …

Tax-Exempt Status Update

We interrupt our regular blog post scheduled to happily announce that Habitat for Canaries Inc. has been recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Code. Specifically, HFC is recognized as a public charity under section 509(a)2. In addition to cash gifts, Habitat for Canaries can also tax receipt bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts. If you have been …

Tools for Discovering Your Air Quality

Those suffering from environmental impacts need further due diligence investigations to ensure the site they have selected will not negatively impact their lives due to air or EMF factors. When beginning your search, a great place to start is the EPA (environmental protection agency) and their “EnviroAtlas” page (https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-interactive-map).  Select your State then set your filters, and you’ll see a …

Due Diligence and Canary Considerations

Concurrent to standard due diligence, which Gordon outlined in his Due Diligence 101 series, special investigation for canary specific considerations also happens during the due diligence period.  From analyzing the EPA data to ensure no toxic spills on the property or surrounding area, to testing water, earth, and air in order to discover naturally occurring atmospheric molds, pollens, and other potential …

Cultural Analysis

A cultural analysis is a report that details the possible presence of burial grounds, endangered habitats for animals and vegetative species, and of course, sensitive archaeological sites such as battle fields, or other historically significant uses of the land. Finding evidence of cultural artifacts may prevent any development of the site.  Or if this report is not obtained and any …

Subsurface Analysis

Having investigated matters on and above the surface, it is also necessary to investigate issues that lay below the surface. One such issue is the capabilities of the soil. This is commonly known as a geotechnical report. It is designed to provide critical information to your engineering firm as to the soil conditions upon which the build area (roads, pathways and …