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About Aether

AETHER was formed by Eric A. Mercer, a Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) with over 15 years of experience in providing assessments and resolutions for a wide variety of concerns and clients. During his career he has had the pleasure of working with clients including homeowners, national retail and hospitality chains, school districts, financial institutions, the healthcare industry, and local/federal entities.

In addition to extensive experience and continuing education, Eric holds certifications with appropriate state licensure in the following areas:

  • Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) by ACAC

  • VA Licensed Mold Inspector

  • EPA AHERA Asbestos Inspector

  • EPA AHERA Asbestos Management Planner

  • EPA AHERA Asbestos Project Monitor

  • EPA Lead-Based Paint Inspector

  • EPA Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor

  • NIOSH 582 Equivalency (PCM Analysis)

  • EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certification

Did you know?

Aether does not provide remediation or abatement services. Although we have working relationships with qualified contractors, by not providing these services in-house we have removed a potential conflict of interest. Our purpose is to help you identify and resolve your concern and we do not have a financial interest in making your project 'larger' than need be.

Case in Point

An abatement contractor had completed an asbestos inspection on a property and provided a very competitive unit rate price on the removal of almost 600 linear feet of pipe insulation they identified. The building owner felt something was wrong and called for a second opinion. Our assessment showed there was only 100 linear feet of pipe insulation! No matter what unit rates the contractor was using, they were obviously trying to get more money out of the building owner and we were able to save him thousands.

This is why we do not recommend that you allow the contractor to do the initial survey. A contractor may do the survey cheaper, but there is always the chance that they will more than 'make up for it' in the end!

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